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The Republic of Epiaris22

“From Many, One”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The East Pacific

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Epiaris22

Population3.536 billion

Currencybitcoin
Animalpenguin

The Republic of Epiaris22 is a massive, efficient nation, remarkable for its parental licensing program, enslaved workforce, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.536 billion Epiaris22ians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Industry, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 71.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Epiaris22ian economy, worth 587 trillion bitcoins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Furniture Restoration, Uranium Mining, Basket Weaving, and Information Technology. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 166,227 bitcoins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.8 times as much as the poorest.

A PhD just ain't what it used to be, citizens are more concerned about voting for Big Brother contestants than politicians, small patches of desolate land across the world are part of Epiaris22ian sovereign territory, and cheese has become the new icon of political dissent. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Epiaris22's national animal is the penguin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Epiaris22 is ranked 139,864th in the world and 5,560th in The East Pacific for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring 108.2 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 251stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 322ndLargest Mining Sector: 1,855thMost Primitive: 2,016thTop
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Most Devout: 2,350thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,735thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,537thLargest Black Market: 3,700thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,393rdMost Efficient Economies: 7,844thHighest Average Incomes: 10,500thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,716thMost Ignorant Citizens: 11,943rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,734thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 14,436thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,641stHighest Poor Incomes: 16,453rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17,089thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,895thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19,442ndLargest Governments: 19,572nd
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 28th in the regionMost Devout: 52nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 79th in the regionTop
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Most Primitive: 94th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 94th in the regionLargest Black Market: 99th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 191st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 221st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 255th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 368th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 370th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 389th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 431st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 448th in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 515th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 518th in the regionMost Stationary: 532nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 535th in the regionLargest Governments: 539th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 545th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 655th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 762nd in the regionMost Developed: 825th in the regionLargest Populations: 848th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 875th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 892nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 903rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Epiaris22, cheese has become the new icon of political dissent.
  • : Following new legislation in Epiaris22, small patches of desolate land across the world are part of Epiaris22ian sovereign territory.
  • : Following new legislation in Epiaris22, citizens are more concerned about voting for Big Brother contestants than politicians.
  • : Epiaris22 was reclassified from "Moralistic Democracy" to "Iron Fist Consumerists".
  • : Following new legislation in Epiaris22, a PhD just ain't what it used to be.
  • : Following new legislation in Epiaris22, the most penniless demographics have by far the highest number of researchers per capita.
  • : Following new legislation in Epiaris22, all the world's a stage for Epiaris22ian political theatrics.
  • : Following new legislation in Epiaris22, state officials tend to disappear after they forget to salute Leader's portrait.
  • : Following new legislation in Epiaris22, political candidates recite daily pledges of loyalty to their chosen party.
  • : Following new legislation in Epiaris22, Coco the Clown has been elected to the nation's parliament.

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