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The Federation of Ephem

“Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Location: The East Pacific

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Population1.627 billion



The Federation of Ephem is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Camus with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, keen interest in outer space, and anti-smoking policies. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.627 billion Ephemians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Healthcare, Administration, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Leviathan. The average income tax rate is 75.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ephemian economy, worth 187 trillion Ptahs a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming, Tourism, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 115,117 Ptahs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Multilingual concierges man empty inner city apartment blocks, parents seeking custody have to write a five-thousand word analysis of their child's imaginary friend, on-duty Air Ephem flight attendants are usually seen napping in first class, and selling your granddad's clothes requires an incredible amount of paperwork. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ephem's national animal is the Penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is None.

Ephem is ranked 16,965th in the world and 529th in The East Pacific for Highest Poor Incomes, with 80,181.39 Standard Monetary Units.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 472ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,440thTop
Most Influential: 3,759thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,917thBest Weather: 6,582ndSafest: 6,618thHealthiest Citizens: 6,661stMost Pacifist: 7,323rdLongest Average Lifespans: 7,961stMost Developed: 9,430thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,809thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,847thLowest Crime Rates: 9,953rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,537thNicest Citizens: 10,548thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,567thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,112thTop
Most Inclusive: 12,814thSmartest Citizens: 13,245thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,872ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,026thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,031stLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,493rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,159thMost Cultured: 15,420thMost Secular: 15,533rdHighest Poor Incomes: 16,965thMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,431stLargest Governments: 19,614thHighest Average Tax Rates: 19,631stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,898th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 27th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 77th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 126th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 202nd in the regionBest Weather: 205th in the regionSafest: 218th in the regionMost Influential: 233rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 248th in the regionMost Pacifist: 256th in the regionMost Developed: 267th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 287th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 293rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 295th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 320th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 326th in the regionNicest Citizens: 343rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 347th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 347th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 399th in the regionMost Cultured: 406th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 407th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 414th in the regionMost Inclusive: 417th in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 464th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 466th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 495th in the regionMost Secular: 524th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 529th in the regionLargest Governments: 544th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 585th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 601st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 658th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 683rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 706th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ephem was endorsed by The Disconcerting Deputy of Flying Snow.
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, selling your granddad's clothes requires an incredible amount of paperwork.
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, on-duty Air Ephem flight attendants are usually seen napping in first class.
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, parents seeking custody have to write a five-thousand word analysis of their child's imaginary friend.
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, multilingual concierges man empty inner city apartment blocks.
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, nobody looks each other in the eye at neighborhood block parties any more.
  • : Ephem was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Ephem was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Ephem was endorsed by The Dictatorship of Rawdank.
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, marketing departments of corporate giants compete to sponsor little league teams.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 266 » Pakitsk, Shavara, Euricanis, Todd McCloud, Nevertopia, Stellar Colonies, Marrabuk, Zukchiva, Osterreich und Ungarn, New Bradenia Ghost, Mays Austrian Nation, Lingu, Konouj, Samaltak True, Elejamie, Dark Edgyness, Brotherland, Wiranath, Luisagna, CANZUK 1, Chria Deau, Barfleur, Tassirion, Pizza devil cat, Plazland, Nossepachina, Servants of Gizmo, Wizardonia, Ripsylvania, Lanagon, Asendavia, VW53Aland, Azureano, Zanottilandia, Warren democracy, Hexyia, Dorles, Roliganistan, Rainbow Vests, Republic of Berzerkistan, Condo of Grick, Adavan, Rokaku, Pureian, Narinoland, Akorial, Under Sea Desert, The Empire of Rijelv, St Guilders Gate, Tallegaesia, and 216 others.Firenation91, Kingdom of Palau and other Constituents, Bysios, Waldenes, Slonful, Drunken Seal Islands, Kianhua, Tshana, Castle Federation, United China Nation, Sojaristan, Spicymemeballs, Centrical Union, Seri Tai Republic, BearStackof2015, New Liberitad, Santa Dystopia, Merlovich, Cymru Broadcasters, Talitoa, Imperial Akatsuki, East Malaysia, Hokolokia, Cameronia Excellentia, New Amerindia, Monteconstance, Turbo Bolt, Savorca, Sen Jast, Our Gods, Zulkig, BuciLand, Bai Lung, Vaskeden, Kavel, Enlil, Taurora, Komiker Mawrysharken, Impia Aghte, Freedomindia, Noreds Thereneuthene, Moewland, Gyp Land, Dragonia, Iodinia, Ribanzi, Dratava, West Akhzaristan, Kotawia, Liberstankonia, Lyontisia, Chubaka, Endertopias, Grey Haven of Tauraucania, La xinga, United Dirtpile, H-Zhena, Kaigi, Belora Gyles, Alderaciea, Harro Waarudho, Kristanya, New Leganes, Adolanta, A Slanted Black Stripe, North Insomnia, Staynes, Tretrid, Survivoristan, Arcanama, Monezambique, The United Neo American Union, ReeK, Davinhia, Kalaratri, Trulu, Dannemarie, Kucia, Eagas, Federated States of Zootron, Slys Paws, The Solar Ottomans, Sovietsoyuz, Evrigenis, Southern Yugoslavia, Holy Alasia Orozen, Arouran, Andurand, Headpat Central, Serfvarden, Biggstonia, The Earth Systems Alliance, Yuritoria, ReReReRepublic, The Cult of the Great Cthulhu, Unger under over, Felsinki, The Soviet Space Commie Union, Wanabe, Wisdoms and Knowledges, Adioration, Kangarawa, Fellon, Joundia, The Eternal Land of Jong, HinduRashtr, The Almighty Country, Aeljae, Rhealaliit, Modra, CopyCato, Kublam, Lilisk, Khvetsch, Cacnesia, Gemlon, The Argos Federation, Leedur-laand, Nifalembria Zamingstan, Ridann, Bynzich, Propwash, Solis Ortis, Hentaigoku, Enou, Raneve Brusertheatel, Greater New Cassandra, The American Free States, Trimmania, Khadah, Outer Verron Swicia Islands, Goodnamesarerare, Slongs, New Terabithia, 3 14159265358979323846264, Jyzeria, Blobbo, FreedomIand, Airrajul, Oofery, Neue Leipzig, Broengtopia, Axdel, A mean old man, Valkyron Union, Roissyland, Kagorg Bra Corna, Brethren, Sansangra, Socialist Holy American Empire, Technocraticofgivus, Nigon, Pastellene, Abtracnt, Dragons Blood, Citergue, Janoobi Jazair, EnderShnovia, Libertanny, Zang0, Martonica, Edmontia, Morrowine, Syriusz, ArenaC, Horn of Havenkaap, Manameisjeff, Squid Ruinosa, Impire of Driesmania, Kavanos, Mahatakutana, Azakhuland, Riveraland, Bullpups, Tuvaltastan, The island of Kiria, Korktopia, Harmonic Yeetlandia, Reschaters, Polenishia, Impaxia, Djomb, Nyanhai, Epislon, Collective Individualism, Rhothstan, Conikslan, Trinatium, Free Nal Graakuo, Alttaea, Chrootangtonia, CheeseBurrito, Amihan, Teocallintzin, Upper Business of Businessville, The Islamic Republic of Africa, Chols Worithopia, Ayaupia, Pledonia, Hertogenbosch, New Ailartsua, Bharatewa, Galve, Mog the Moogle, Dravida India, Oerkar, Great Aztlatan CommonWealth, New Mainz, Dirty Americans, Lumpiadinavia, Gaboni, Kriov, Republic of New India, The New Tace, Rawdank, and Flying Snow.

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