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The Ubiquitous Medium of The Aether

“It's everywhere!”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Powerbroker

Location: Bad Science

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The Aether

Population37.288 billion

Currencyvoid
Animalaether bunny

The Ubiquitous Medium of The Aether is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, punitive income tax rates, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 37.288 billion Aetherians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Spirituality, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 64.3%.

The strong Aetherian economy, worth a remarkable 1,424 trillion voids a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Basket Weaving industry, with major contributions from Woodchip Exports, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 38,203 voids, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.5 times as much as the poorest.

The Navy has outraged the international community by sinking a boatload of refugees to prevent them reaching the shore and the nation has an international reputation for compassion. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Aether's national animal is the aether bunny, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Aether is ranked 149,125th in the world and 6th in Bad Science for Most Secular, with 16.63 Atheism Rate.

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Largest Populations: 427thTop
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Most Stationary: 3,733rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,658thMost Influential: 6,478thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,958thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 11,545thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,201st
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Average: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Aether was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : The Aether was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : The Aether was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : The Aether's influence in Bad Science rose from "Eminence Grise" to "Powerbroker".
  • : The Aether's influence in Bad Science fell from "Powerbroker" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : The Aether was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Average.
  • : The Aether was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : The Aether was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending and the Top 10% for Most Average.
  • : The Aether was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Average.
  • : The Aether was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.

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