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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:
Average

Regional Influence: Envoy

Location: The Coalition of Democratic Nations

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The Land of the Ephyral

Population10.288 billion

CapitalEphyra
Leaderthe Senate and Archons of Ephyra
FaithSelian polytheism

CurrencyGold Honour
AnimalSelian Eagle

The Freehold of The Land of the Ephyral is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by the Senate and Archons of Ephyra with an even hand, and notable for its strictly enforced bedtime, complete absence of social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 10.288 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 receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ephyra. The average income tax rate is 21.1%.

The very strong Ephyral economy, worth a remarkable 2,154 trillion Gold Honours a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 209,418 Gold Honours, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 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 147,802nd in the world and 53rd in The Coalition of Democratic Nations for Most Politically Free, scoring 53.71 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,496thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,900thRudest Citizens: 1,918thLargest Mining Sector: 1,969thMost Avoided: 2,313thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,435thLargest Black Market: 2,894thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,492ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,501stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,766thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,121stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,817thMost Influential: 5,697thHighest Average Incomes: 5,820thLargest Gambling Industry: 5,907thLargest Retail Industry: 6,191stHighest Economic Output: 7,462ndMost Devout: 7,835thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,586thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,008thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,278thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,564thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 13,096thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,313thMost Stationary: 13,498thMost Cultured: 14,655thLargest Governments: 15,403rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,714thLowest Crime Rates: 18,813thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,919thLongest Average Lifespans: 19,434thLargest Insurance Industry: 19,640thLargest Information Technology Sector: 21,468thSmartest Citizens: 22,279th
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Largest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionMost Stationary: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7th in the region

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