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The Free State of Eli

“Eli's Coming”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the West Pacific



Population39.846 billion

CapitalEli City
LeaderEli Hutton
FaithEli is God

CurrencyNew Merit

The Free State of Eli is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Eli Hutton with an even hand, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, strictly enforced bedtime, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 39.846 billion Elians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Eli City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Elian economy, worth a remarkable 8,769 trillion New Merits a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Uranium Mining, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is an amazing 220,078 New Merits, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,081,600 per year while the poor average 25,593, a ratio of 42.3 to 1.

Businesses are abandoning the city centre because of the lack of transport connections, restaurants are required to specify whether their toilet paper was made in Eli, a bill to outlaw math homework has been submitted, and people talk about things being better when men were men. Crime is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Eli's national animal is the squirrel, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Eli is God.

Eli is ranked 174,495th in the world and 4,050th in the West Pacific for Most Politically Free, scoring 38.86 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Largest Populations: 9thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 324thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 449thHighest Economic Output: 633rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 871stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,000thHighest Crime Rates: 1,023rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,355thFattest Citizens: 1,563rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,752ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,753rdLargest Mining Sector: 1,766thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,882ndMost Avoided: 1,956thMost Armed: 2,318thTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,506thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,598thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,835thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,884thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,404thHighest Average Incomes: 5,026thLargest Retail Industry: 5,707thRudest Citizens: 6,241stLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,469thMost Devout: 8,084thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,762ndMost Efficient Economies: 8,922ndSmartest Citizens: 9,688thLargest Gambling Industry: 11,352ndTop
Largest Black Market: 15,448thMost Stationary: 15,672ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16,073rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16,094thMost Pro-Market: 16,730thMost Influential: 17,693rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 18,479thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 21,599thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21,670thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 22,586th
Largest Populations: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 11th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 22nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 22nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 28th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 29th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 32nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 33rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 34th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 38th in the regionMost Avoided: 40th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 41st in the regionMost Armed: 45th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 46th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 52nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 55th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 57th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 67th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 102nd in the regionMost Devout: 114th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 138th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 154th in the regionRudest Citizens: 166th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 167th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 187th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 201st in the regionLargest Black Market: 206th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 206th in the regionMost Stationary: 220th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 226th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 246th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 267th in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 363rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 437th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 457th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 484th in the regionMost Influential: 540th in the region

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