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The Freehold of The Land of the Ephyral

“Honour and Iron”

Category: Moralistic Democracy
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Envoy

Location: The Coalition of Democratic Nations

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The Land of the Ephyral

Population9.066 billion

CapitalEphyra
Leaderthe Senate and Archons of Ephyra
FaithSelian polytheism

CurrencyGold Honour
AnimalSelian Eagle

The Freehold of The Land of the Ephyral is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by the Senate and Archons of Ephyra with an even hand, and remarkable for its closed borders, zero percent divorce rate, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 9.066 billion Ephyral are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, corrupt government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Education, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ephyra. The average income tax rate is 11.5%.

The very strong Ephyral economy, worth a remarkable 1,829 trillion Gold Honours a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Retail, and Information Technology. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 201,822 Gold Honours, with the richest citizens earning 5.1 times as much as the poorest.

Lonely people are supposed to be cheered up by the many parties that they are never invited to, the nation's new foreign policy of 'very disproportionate retribution' has its neighbors on edge, families returning from international vacations are unable to get their children back into the country, and heterosexuality is considered positive proof of fitness to parent. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Land of the Ephyral's national animal is the Selian Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Selian polytheism.

The Land of the Ephyral is ranked 3,622nd in the world and 2nd in The Coalition of Democratic Nations for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 8,062.11 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,531stMost Corrupt Governments: 1,713thRudest Citizens: 1,976thMost Avoided: 1,988thLargest Mining Sector: 2,008thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,114thLargest Black Market: 3,381stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,622ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,637thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,994thLargest Gambling Industry: 4,384thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,696thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,758thMost Influential: 5,549thLargest Retail Industry: 6,068thHighest Average Incomes: 6,098thMost Devout: 7,137thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,276thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,192ndHighest Economic Output: 8,348thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,414thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,718thLargest Insurance Industry: 13,397thMost Cultured: 14,424thMost Stationary: 14,537thLargest Governments: 14,989thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,912thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,241stLowest Crime Rates: 20,076th
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 5th in the region

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