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The Empire of Edenlegaia

“In the deepest darkness lies a small, eternal light.”

Category: Democratic Socialists
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Location: the South Pacific



Population12.735 billion

LeaderSaris Cross


The Empire of Edenlegaia is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Saris Cross with an even hand, and notable for its aversion to nipples, rampant corporate plagiarism, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate population of 12.735 billion Laethanians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lis-Salith. The average income tax rate is 91.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Laethanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,891 trillion Zennies a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an impressive 148,542 Zennies, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

More money is spent on policing the welfare system for abuse than on the welfare system itself, government theft from poor artists to give to rich allies has been dubbed the "reverse Robin Hood" policy, families returning from international vacations are unable to get their children back into the country, and reporters who negatively comment on politicians' haircuts are cut from the news. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Edenlegaia's national animal is the Tiger, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Edenlegaia is ranked 53,242nd in the world and 2,149th in the South Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 3,621.07 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Healthiest Citizens: 2,022ndTop
Most Influential: 2,307thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,399thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,435thBest Weather: 2,901stLowest Crime Rates: 3,066thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,212thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,399thSafest: 4,449thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,493rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,662ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,546thMost Stationary: 5,616thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,708thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,324thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,475thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,663rdMost Beautiful Environments: 6,945thLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,992ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,994thSmartest Citizens: 7,004thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,063rdLargest Governments: 7,665thHighest Economic Output: 7,901stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,194thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,728thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,820thMost Pacifist: 9,103rdTop
Nicest Citizens: 11,757thMost Developed: 11,970thMost Inclusive: 12,076thHighest Average Incomes: 13,769thMost Cultured: 14,873rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 15,252ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,630thMost Secular: 18,084thLargest Populations: 18,549th
Healthiest Citizens: 68th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 79th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 93rd in the regionBest Weather: 95th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 107th in the regionMost Stationary: 114th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 140th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 141st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 141st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 144th in the regionSafest: 146th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 152nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 156th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 178th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 183rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 186th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 192nd in the regionLargest Governments: 195th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 198th in the regionLargest Populations: 204th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 206th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 209th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 211th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 258th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 258th in the regionMost Influential: 271st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 271st in the regionMost Pacifist: 343rd in the regionMost Developed: 344th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 361st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 368th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 370th in the regionNicest Citizens: 403rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 407th in the regionMost Cultured: 416th in the regionTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 584th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 638th in the regionMost Secular: 641st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 741st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 818th in the region

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