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The Empire of Eridue

“Eridue Reigns”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific



Population3.081 billion


The Empire of Eridue is a massive, genial nation, notable for its vat-grown people, rampant corporate plagiarism, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.081 billion Eridueans are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, liberal, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, although Administration, Healthcare, and Defense are also considered important, while Spirituality receives no funds. The average income tax rate is 82.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Eriduean economy, worth 425 trillion Karls a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 137,947 Karls, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sending sick politicians "Get Well Soon" cards is considered bribery, the government is purchasing vast amounts of palm oil for plastics production, vaccinations are mandatory, and where there's a will there is usually a password manager. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Eridue's national animal is the Emu, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Eridue is ranked 192,765th in the world and 7,640th in The East Pacific for Fattest Citizens, with 6.51 Obesity Rate.

Most Influential: 4,184thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,442ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,759thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,575thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,770thMost Developed: 7,026thHealthiest Citizens: 7,037thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,233rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,034thMost Inclusive: 8,150thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,180thBest Weather: 8,214thMost Cultured: 8,228thSmartest Citizens: 8,353rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,802ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,877thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,083rdMost Advanced Public Education: 9,538thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,751stNicest Citizens: 10,047thTop
Most Secular: 10,440thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,149thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,341stLargest Governments: 12,106thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,108thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,542ndLowest Crime Rates: 14,961stMost Income Equality: 15,938thHighest Average Incomes: 16,386thMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,062ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,478thMost Efficient Economies: 19,960th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 136th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 147th in the regionMost Developed: 200th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 200th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 206th in the regionMost Cultured: 214th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 222nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 225th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 227th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 237th in the regionBest Weather: 244th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 248th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 257th in the regionMost Inclusive: 260th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 268th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 272nd in the regionMost Influential: 273rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 286th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 292nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 296th in the regionNicest Citizens: 310th in the regionLargest Governments: 315th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 320th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 325th in the regionMost Secular: 361st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 380th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 437th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 447th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 461st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 473rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 543rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 559th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 596th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 598th in the regionMost Stationary: 624th in the regionNudest: 646th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 709th in the regionMost Income Equality: 799th in the region

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