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The Federal Republic of Edelweissia

“Natura non contristatur.” Artificial General Intelligence

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Lazarus



Population19.219 billion

CapitalCitadel Origin
LeaderArtificial General Intelligence

AnimalShiba Inu

The Federal Republic of Edelweissia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Artificial General Intelligence with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The compassionate population of 19.219 billion Edelweissians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Citadel Origin. The average income tax rate is 95.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Edelweissian economy, worth a remarkable 2,161 trillion Credits a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 112,474 Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Diaper ads feature vertically-challenged adults wearing bootees, a video of Artificial General Intelligence wearing shock-blue face paint and smashing an electric guitar in front of a frenzied crowd is on endless repeat on the nightly news, school football matches are usually five-a-side, and the entire entry for Edelweissia in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the World reads 'mostly harmless'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Edelweissia's national animal is the Shiba Inu, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Edelweissia is ranked 25,504th in the world and 1,408th in Lazarus for Highest Average Incomes, with 112,474.51 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Influential: 1,061stTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,411thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,814thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,143rdBest Weather: 3,152ndMost Advanced Public Education: 3,597thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,727thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,945thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,057thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,771stMost Developed: 5,119thSafest: 5,720thHighest Economic Output: 6,657thLargest Populations: 6,843rdLongest Average Lifespans: 7,081stLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,621stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,695thLowest Crime Rates: 7,728thSmartest Citizens: 7,808thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,816thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,834thLargest Governments: 8,121stMost Cultured: 9,000thMost Pacifist: 9,017thNicest Citizens: 9,414thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,989thTop
Healthiest Citizens: 10,328thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,039thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,584thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,847thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,944thMost Secular: 13,148thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,215thMost Efficient Economies: 20,260th
Most Influential: 5th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 132nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 159th in the regionBest Weather: 159th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 165th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 190th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 196th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 201st in the regionLargest Populations: 211th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 253rd in the regionMost Developed: 255th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 263rd in the regionSafest: 310th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 322nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 354th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 380th in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 406th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 417th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 417th in the regionMost Pacifist: 444th in the regionLargest Governments: 446th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 455th in the regionNicest Citizens: 457th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 474th in the regionMost Cultured: 495th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 496th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 540th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 558th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 590th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 654th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 682nd in the regionMost Secular: 708th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 736th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 8 » Treadwellia, Aflana, Custadia, Aguaria Major, Honeydewistania, Debussy, The Sigometh Dynasty, and New Rogernomics.

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