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The Benevolent Empire of Exedra

“Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Hermit

Location: Golemlandia Exilis

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Exedra

Population12.941 billion

CapitalLazernia
LeaderEmpress Hypatia IV
FaithPantheistic Multiperson Solipsism

CurrencyCubit
AnimalCowcat

The Benevolent Empire of Exedra is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Empress Hypatia IV with a fair hand, and remarkable for its unlimited-speed roads, smutty television, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 12.941 billion Exedrans 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 tiny, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Administration, Healthcare, and Defense also on the agenda, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lazernia. The average income tax rate is 1.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Exedran economy, worth a remarkable 3,907 trillion Cubits a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 301,916 Cubits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Some people will do literally anything to be in the spotlight, new funding allows inner city teachers to replace school laptops almost as fast as they get stolen, Exedra recently hosted the least successful trade negotiations since The Phantom Menace, and buses are widely regarded as the safest way to travel. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Exedra's national animal is the Cowcat, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Pantheistic Multiperson Solipsism.

Exedra is ranked 31,153rd in the world and 1st in Golemlandia Exilis for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 882.98 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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1%
Most Secular: 177thLargest Information Technology Sector: 187thLeast Corrupt Governments: 270thRudest Citizens: 314thMost Scientifically Advanced: 360thMost Rebellious Youth: 500thMost Inclusive: 559thSmartest Citizens: 582ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 658thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 716thMost Valuable International Artwork: 767thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,028thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,153rdMost Cultured: 1,387thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,403rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,952ndLargest Retail Industry: 2,081stTop
5%
Most Developed: 2,371stHighest Crime Rates: 2,426thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,794thHighest Economic Output: 2,859thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,419thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,086thMost Armed: 4,573rdHealthiest Citizens: 5,417thSafest: 5,600thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,626thMost Stationary: 5,849thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,943rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,429thMost Efficient Economies: 9,262ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,987thMost Influential: 10,985thTop
10%
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 12,249thLargest Governments: 12,812thMost Compassionate Citizens: 15,908thLargest Populations: 18,986thMost Advanced Public Education: 22,275th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Exedra, buses are widely regarded as the safest way to travel.
  • : Following new legislation in Exedra, Exedra recently hosted the least successful trade negotiations since The Phantom Menace.
  • : Following new legislation in Exedra, new funding allows inner city teachers to replace school laptops almost as fast as they get stolen.
  • : Following new legislation in Exedra, some people will do literally anything to be in the spotlight.
  • : Following new legislation in Exedra, the rich are forced to sell their houses to pay for more police to prevent their houses from being burgled.
  • : Following new legislation in Exedra, passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections.
  • : Following new legislation in Exedra, citizens are frequently held up at gunpoint by their local pizza delivery boys.
  • : Exedra was reclassified from "Civil Rights Lovefest" to "New York Times Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Exedra, the poor are often seen pale and dizzy after selling their blood to make ends meet.
  • : Exedra voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ending School Segregation".

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