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The Most Serene Republic of Ephestus

“Deeds, not words, will bring us union!”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Hermit

Location: The Spurged Middle East

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The Most Serene Republic of Ephestus is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Leader with an iron fist, and notable for its punitive income tax rates, public floggings, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 5.301 billion Ephestusians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Euphestus. The average income tax rate is 81.6%.

The strong Ephestusian economy, worth 394 trillion Mesdettas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Uranium Mining, Soda Sales, Information Technology, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 74,406 Mesdettas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.4 times as much as the poorest.

Most mothers are forced to quit their jobs to care for infants, scenic tours are unheard of after most environmental laws were abolished, ethnic minorities are often refused admission to some of the nation's best schools, and military spending is on the increase. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ephestus's national animal is the Harpy, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is a major religion.

Ephestus is ranked 1st in The Spurged Middle East and 35,788th in the world for Most Beautiful Environments, with 66 Pounds of Wildlife less Pounds of Concrete per square mile.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 10 days ago

  • 52 days ago: Ephestus's influence in The Spurged Middle East rose from "Hegemony" to "Hermit".
  • 70 days ago: Ephestus's influence in The Spurged Middle East fell from "Hermit" to "Hegemony".
  • 87 days ago: Ephestus changed its national capital to "Euphestus".
  • 89 days ago: Ephestus was ravaged by a Zombie Horde from Calisotlye, infecting 1 million survivors.
  • 89 days ago: Ephestus was ravaged by a Zombie Horde from Calisotlye, infecting 1 million survivors.
  • 89 days ago: Ephestus was ravaged by a Zombie Horde from Calisotlye, infecting 1 million survivors.
  • 89 days ago: Ephestus was ravaged by a Zombie Horde from Calisotlye, infecting 1 million survivors.
  • 89 days ago: Ephestus was ravaged by a Zombie Horde from Calisotlye, infecting 1 million survivors.
  • 89 days ago: Ephestus was ravaged by a Zombie Horde from Calisotlye, infecting 1 million survivors.
  • 89 days ago: Ephestus was ravaged by a Zombie Horde from Calisotlye, infecting 1 million survivors.

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