The Twin-Emirate of Ares-y-Penthesilea is a colossal, safe nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service, state-planned economy, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed population of 6.971 billion Academians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.
The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Defense, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 56.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.
The large but inefficient Academian economy, worth 232 trillion Hephaestuses a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with major contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Soda Sales, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 33,323 Hephaestuses, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.
Voting is compulsory, political parties are banned from advertising and receiving private donations, the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit, and military spending is on the increase. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ares-y-Penthesilea's national animal is the Minotaur.
Ares-y-Penthesilea is ranked 82nd in Esportiva and 104,775th in the world for Lowest Unemployment Rates, scoring 32 on the Workforce Participation Versus Theoretical Maximum Metric.
Most Recent Government Activity: 34 days ago
- 74 days ago: Ares-y-Penthesilea was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Largest Populations.
- 236 days ago: Ares-y-Penthesilea fell out of the regional Top 10% for Most Income Equality.
- 268 days ago: Ares-y-Penthesilea changed its national demonym to "Academian" and its demonym adjective to "Academian".
- 352 days ago: Ares-y-Penthesilea lodged a message on the Esportiva Regional Message Board.
- 360 days ago: Ares-y-Penthesilea's influence in Esportiva fell from "Vassal" to "Minnow".
- 361 days ago: Ares-y-Penthesilea's influence in Esportiva rose from "Minnow" to "Vassal".
- 1 year 8 days ago: Ares-y-Penthesilea's influence in Esportiva fell from "Vassal" to "Minnow".
- 1 year 159 days ago: Ares-y-Penthesilea's influence in Esportiva fell from "Truckler" to "Vassal".
- 1 year 187 days ago: Ares-y-Penthesilea was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Most Income Equality.
- 1 year 262 days ago: Ares-y-Penthesilea fell out of the regional Top 10% for Most Income Equality.