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The Balder State of Elthicshire

“Monde áldeqaill-ítara-sa taŋzokumen”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: The East Pacific

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Elthicshire

Population8.11 billion

CapitalDomildát
LeaderAln Koresol
FaithEspalism

Currencyelba
Animalmockingbird

The Balder State of Elthicshire is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Aln Koresol with an even hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, state-planned economy, and digital currency. The compassionate, devout population of 8.11 billion Elthiards are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Domildát. The average income tax rate is 64.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Elthic economy, worth 858 trillion elbas 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 led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 105,798 elbas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Throwing a sickie is a serious crime, international tensions are high as Elthicshire threatens any government with the audacity to arrest its citizens, politicians are often found scavenging bins at night to supplement their income, and every workday begins with group therapy. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Elthicshire's national animal is the mockingbird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Espalism.

Elthicshire is ranked 59,584th in the world and 2,543rd in The East Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 3,333.03 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most Devout: 1,494thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,200thBest Weather: 3,002ndHealthiest Citizens: 4,195thMost Cultured: 5,403rdMost Beautiful Environments: 5,535thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,648thMost Pacifist: 5,681stLongest Average Lifespans: 6,283rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,678thLowest Crime Rates: 6,879thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,225thNicest Citizens: 8,706thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,252ndMost Inclusive: 9,472ndLargest Publishing Industry: 9,499thTop
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Safest: 11,308thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,975thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12,313thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,775thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,957thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,494thMost Influential: 16,950thSmartest Citizens: 17,724thHighest Economic Output: 19,672nd
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Most Devout: 32nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 73rd in the regionBest Weather: 88th in the regionTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 126th in the regionMost Cultured: 141st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 164th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 169th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 175th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 178th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 181st in the regionMost Pacifist: 193rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 202nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 231st in the regionNicest Citizens: 258th in the regionLargest Populations: 270th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 273rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 293rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 294th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 346th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 357th in the regionSafest: 378th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 395th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 427th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 463rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 642nd in the regionLargest Governments: 757th in the regionMost Developed: 758th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 770th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 802nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 808th in the regionMost Influential: 825th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 839th in the region

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