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Vaz Valdez

Population415 million


The Armed Republic of Vaz Valdez is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service, ubiquitous missile silos, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 415 million Vaz Valdezians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 66.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Vaz Valdezian economy, worth 19.3 trillion Marks a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Uranium Mining, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 46,577 Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Parents seeking custody have to write a five-thousand word analysis of their child's imaginary friend, colleges adhere to rigid ethnic quotas for admissions, returning tourists and businessmen are detained without trial if they belong to the "wrong" religion, and turning eighteen is often referred to as the 'Age of Aquarius'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vaz Valdez's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Vaz Valdez is ranked 152,876th in the world and 7,484th in The North Pacific for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring -2 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

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