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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 31stMost Subsidized Industry: 45thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 83rd
The Saltiness of
Iron Fist Consumerists Champions of Commerce
I love salt
The Leader
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population4.553 billion

CapitalEl Capitolio
LeaderThe Leader
FaithCult of The Leader


The Saltiness of Virgolia is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by The Leader with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, free-roaming dinosaurs, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.553 billion Virgolians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is dominated by the Department of Defense, although Industry and Law & Order are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of El Capitolio. The average income tax rate is 97.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Virgolian economy, worth a remarkable 1,325 trillion Children a year, is highly specialized and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing and Information Technology. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 291,085 Children, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 847,907 per year while the poor average 79,006, a ratio of 10.7 to 1.

Foreigners are treated with great suspicion, illegal book-trafficking rings dominate the black market, whales in captivity live in little more than glorified goldfish bowls, and dictionary sales have hit an all-time high. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. Virgolia's national animal is the Weeb, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Cult of The Leader.

Virgolia is ranked 180,253rd in the world and 9,832nd in The East Pacific for Most Average, scoring 28.45 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 31stMost Subsidized Industry: 45thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 83rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 197thMost Corrupt Governments: 451stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 571stMost Ignorant Citizens: 577thMost Avoided: 621stMost Efficient Economies: 953rdLargest Black Market: 1,195thFattest Citizens: 2,055thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,128thHighest Average Incomes: 2,158thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,447thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,655thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,931stRudest Citizens: 2,973rdLargest Governments: 3,034thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,308thMost Influential: 11,258thTop
Highest Economic Output: 11,951stMost Devout: 12,033rdHighest Poor Incomes: 15,599thMost Conservative: 16,896thMost Armed: 21,655thMost Stationary: 23,392nd
Most Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 13th in the regionMost Avoided: 14th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 18th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 18th in the regionLargest Black Market: 22nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 35th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 50th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 58th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 59th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 61st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 67th in the regionLargest Governments: 71st in the regionRudest Citizens: 77th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 105th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 186th in the regionMost Devout: 401st in the regionMost Stationary: 442nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 457th in the regionLargest Populations: 468th in the regionMost Armed: 494th in the regionMost Influential: 564th in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 800th in the regionMost Conservative: 1,208th in the region

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