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The Senate and Freeholders of The Land of the Ephyral

“Blood and Iron”

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

Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: The Coalition of Democratic Nations


The Land of the Ephyral

Population6.765 billion

LeaderArchon Rhaemyrion Laetorios Taenitheos
FaithEphyral paganism

CurrencyGold Honour
AnimalEphyral Eagle

The Senate and Freeholders of The Land of the Ephyral is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Archon Rhaemyrion Laetorios Taenitheos with an even hand, and notable for its compulsory military service, complete lack of prisons, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 6.765 billion Ephyrīhi 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, moralistic government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Education, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ephyra. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 8.0%.

The very strong Ephyrīha economy, worth a remarkable 1,336 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. Average income is an impressive 197,620 Gold Honours, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 624,606 per year while the poor average 47,739, a ratio of 13.1 to 1.

Flatulent people are left to die of cancer at the end of hospital waiting lists, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb, the only position a woman can hold is baby-maker, and female brains are believed to heat up dangerously when 'overclocked'. 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 Ephyral Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Ephyral paganism.

The Land of the Ephyral is ranked 50,526th in the world and 31st in The Coalition of Democratic Nations for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,336thTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 1,512thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,524thRudest Citizens: 1,616thLargest Mining Sector: 1,752ndMost Avoided: 1,823rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,036thLargest Black Market: 2,880thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,893rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,068thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,212thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,349thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,595thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,961stMost Influential: 4,691stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,902ndLargest Retail Industry: 5,273rdHighest Average Incomes: 5,848thMost Devout: 6,216thTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 8,574thHighest Economic Output: 9,854thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,459thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 11,599thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,323rdMost Conservative: 15,063rd
Largest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the region

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