by Max Barry

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Most Armed: 3,753rdMost Cultured: 4,954thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,643rd
The Ladyship of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Liberal Dictatorship
An eternal fire in the night.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population4.635 billion

CapitalThe Three Capitals

CurrencyVraille and Válti

The Ladyship of Valassyria is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Unknown with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service, keen interest in outer space, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 4.635 billion Old Valassyriens are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Three Capitals. The average income tax rate is 90.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Old Valassyrien economy, worth 638 trillion Vraille and Váltis 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 a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Tourism, and Book Publishing. 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 an impressive 137,721 Vraille and Váltis, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Old Valassyrien watches list strained wrists as a common side effect, endocrinology is a rapidly growing field of study, an increasing percentage of the population's youth have homosexual parents, and adults have never outgrown their fear of monsters. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Valassyria's national animal is the Vyndrille, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is None.

Valassyria is ranked 213,457th in the world and 40th in Xedas for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -225.68 on the Hayek Index.

Most Armed: 3,753rdMost Cultured: 4,954thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,643rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,888thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,989thMost Developed: 8,523rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,722ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,838thLowest Crime Rates: 9,206thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,218thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,289thLargest Governments: 10,896thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,939thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 11,254thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,397thMost Efficient Economies: 12,113thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,139thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,361stHealthiest Citizens: 12,457thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,781stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,938thSmartest Citizens: 13,045thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,896thLargest Black Market: 13,928thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,996thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,509thMost Secular: 14,666thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,922ndHighest Average Incomes: 16,639thMost Stationary: 21,989th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Valassyria was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Valassyria was reclassified from "Corrupt Dictatorship" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Valassyria was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Valassyria was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Valassyria was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Following new legislation in Valassyria, adults have never outgrown their fear of monsters.
  • : Valassyria was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Valassyria's influence in Xedas fell from "Negotiator" to "Auxiliary".
  • : Valassyria was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Valassyria published "Overview of Azhura" (Factbook: Overview).


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