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The Bucket of Bolts of Eripolis

“How can we have a yellow alert in Spacedock?” Lawrence Styles

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Dominator

Location: 1980s America



Population5.106 billion

Capitalthe USS Excelsior
LeaderLawrence Styles

CurrencyEripolisian Dollar
AnimalTandy TRS-80

The Bucket of Bolts of Eripolis is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Lawrence Styles with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and frequent executions. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.106 billion Eripolisians 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 medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the USS Excelsior. The average income tax rate is 50.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Eripolisian economy, worth 550 trillion Eripolisian Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 107,801 Eripolisian Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Veteran cops reminisce over their heavy armor days, Lawrence Styles has just been declared ruler of Eripolis in an international press conference, the nation's politicians are known more for the internet memes they spawn than any of their accomplishments, and giant no-kill traps baited with Bapst Red Ribbon and vintage bicycles have been popping up in back alleys nationwide. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Eripolis's national animal is the Tandy TRS-80, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Eripolis is ranked 27,767th in the world and 1st in 1980s America for Most Developed, scoring 76.83 on the Human Development Index.

Largest Cheese Export Sector: 7,679thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,180thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 11,168thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 12,447thSafest: 13,486thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,618thMost Inclusive: 19,815thSmartest Citizens: 20,306thHighest Food Quality: 21,024thLowest Crime Rates: 22,176thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22,958th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Eripolis was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Food Quality and Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Eripolis changed its national capital to "the USS Excelsior".
  • : Eripolis changed its national capital to "USS Excelsior NX-2000".
  • : Eripolis changed its national leader to "Lawrence Styles", its motto to "How can we have a yellow alert in Spacedock?", and its nation type to "Bucket of Bolts".
  • : Eripolis altered its national flag.
  • : Eripolis lodged a message on the Rogue CONclave Regional Message Board.
  • : Eripolis lodged a message on the Rogue CONclave Regional Message Board.
  • : Eripolis lodged a message on the Montrandecs Neighbours Regional Message Board.
  • : Eripolis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Trout Fishing Sector.
  • : Eripolis lodged a message on the Rogue CONclave Regional Message Board.


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