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Largest Information Technology Sector: 5thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16thHighest Poor Incomes: 62nd
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Veradax

Population12.608 billion

CapitalXoysa
LeaderZealli Sonre
FaithThe Acolytes of Pathosis

CurrencyXyre
AnimalGiant Anteater

The Technocratic Empire of Veradax is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Zealli Sonre with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, anti-smoking policies, and soft-spoken computers. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 12.608 billion Veradacians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Xoysa. The average income tax rate is 87.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Veradaxian economy, worth a remarkable 7,829 trillion Xyres a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is a breathtaking 620,993 Xyres, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Policemen regularly conduct midnight raids on closed donut shops to 'collect evidence', community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common, real chickens replace rooster weather vanes on inner-city rooftop gardens, and military doctrine says not to open fire until you see the "beady little eyes" of Johnny Foreigner. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Veradax's national animal is the Giant Anteater, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Acolytes of Pathosis.

Veradax is ranked 1,554th in the world and 5th in The Alliance of Dictators for Most Developed, scoring 97.94 on the Human Development Index.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 5thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16thHighest Poor Incomes: 62ndMost Secular: 103rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 104thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 111thHighest Average Incomes: 121stLargest Black Market: 126thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 201stSmartest Citizens: 209thLargest Insurance Industry: 330thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 419thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 422ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 498thMost Corrupt Governments: 515thHighest Economic Output: 716thRudest Citizens: 811thMost Armed: 827thMost Efficient Economies: 866thLowest Crime Rates: 1,059thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,103rdLargest Publishing Industry: 1,124thLargest Governments: 1,326thMost Developed: 1,554thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,593rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,877thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,986thTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 2,121stMost Cultured: 2,686thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,803rdMost Influential: 2,850thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,930thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,206thLargest Mining Sector: 3,363rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,428thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,499thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,963rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,157thMost Stationary: 8,890thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,500thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,327thHighest Disposable Incomes: 11,993rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12,127thLargest Retail Industry: 12,387thHealthiest Citizens: 15,448thLargest Populations: 18,969th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 6th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 8th in the regionMost Politically Free: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 9th in the regionMost Average: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Veradax, military doctrine says not to open fire until you see the "beady little eyes" of Johnny Foreigner.
  • : Following new legislation in Veradax, real chickens replace rooster weather vanes on inner-city rooftop gardens.
  • : Veradax was reclassified from "Authoritarian Democracy" to "Moralistic Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Veradax, community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common.
  • : Following new legislation in Veradax, policemen regularly conduct midnight raids on closed donut shops to 'collect evidence'.
  • : Veradax was endorsed by The Unified Military Coalition of Empoleon Corporation.
  • : Following new legislation in Veradax, war criminals are given full state funerals.
  • : Following new legislation in Veradax, "Mad Max: Returning Again to Barrydrome" is this year's unexpected summer blockbuster.
  • : Following new legislation in Veradax, buses are widely regarded as the safest way to travel.
  • : Following new legislation in Veradax, Veradaxian tourists are encouraged to hand out spare condoms to locals while on vacation.

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