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The Republic of New Edem

“Duration is more important than power” George the Great

Category: Authoritarian Democracy
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the Rejected Realms

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New Edem

Population12.414 billion

CapitalNew Paradise
LeaderGeorge the Great
FaithChristian Orthodox

CurrencyTalant
AnimalLion

The Republic of New Edem is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by George the Great with an even hand, and notable for its state-planned economy, strictly enforced bedtime, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The compassionate, cheerful, devout population of 12.414 billion New Edemians are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, moralistic, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Paradise. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient New Edemian economy, worth a remarkable 2,224 trillion Talants a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Cheese Exports. Average income is an impressive 179,189 Talants, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Broken suspension systems are giving auto repair shops plenty of business, the dish 'poisson avec poison' is only available on the black market, the NEBI Channel Tunnel project is plagued by delays, and sociologists can charge whatever fee they like as the nation tries to find itself. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. New Edem's national animal is the Lion, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christian Orthodox.

New Edem is ranked 48,793rd in the world and 1,693rd in the Rejected Realms for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 1,662.72 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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1%
Safest: 164thMost Advanced Public Transport: 170thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 238thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 288thBest Weather: 313thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 341stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 463rdLowest Crime Rates: 488thMost Devout: 517thHighest Average Tax Rates: 542ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 605thHealthiest Citizens: 632ndLongest Average Lifespans: 658thMost Beautiful Environments: 691stLargest Governments: 779thMost Subsidized Industry: 830thMost Pacifist: 885thLeast Corrupt Governments: 899thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,102ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,390thNicest Citizens: 1,495thTop
5%
Most Developed: 2,245thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,245thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,616thMost Efficient Economies: 3,253rdMost Cultured: 3,488thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,155thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,230thMost Influential: 4,763rdHighest Economic Output: 5,286thTop
10%
Highest Average Incomes: 7,833rdSmartest Citizens: 7,843rdMost Income Equality: 8,732nd
Top
1%
Most Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionSafest: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9th in the regionBest Weather: 10th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 15th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 16th in the regionMost Devout: 17th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 17th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 19th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 20th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 23rd in the regionLargest Governments: 25th in the regionMost Pacifist: 26th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 28th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 30th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 38th in the regionNicest Citizens: 43rd in the regionTop
5%
Most Developed: 58th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 62nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 67th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 68th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 70th in the regionMost Influential: 70th in the regionMost Cultured: 85th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 117th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 121st in the regionMost Income Equality: 147th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 183rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 197th in the regionLargest Populations: 225th in the regionTop
10%
Most Stationary: 304th in the regionMost Conservative: 423rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in New Edem, sociologists can charge whatever fee they like as the nation tries to find itself.
  • : Following new legislation in New Edem, the NEBI Channel Tunnel project is plagued by delays.
  • : Following new legislation in New Edem, the dish 'poisson avec poison' is only available on the black market.
  • : Following new legislation in New Edem, broken suspension systems are giving auto repair shops plenty of business.
  • : Following new legislation in New Edem, the New Edemian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas.
  • : Following new legislation in New Edem, bicyclists are banned from major roads.
  • : Following new legislation in New Edem, foreign musicians that George the Great dislikes are turned away at the border.
  • : Following new legislation in New Edem, glamping New Edemians won't sleep in a tent that doesn't include a Jacuzzi.
  • : Following new legislation in New Edem, sections of the police receive paramilitary training.
  • : Following new legislation in New Edem, anything is permissible when wearing latex gloves.

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