by Max Barry

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,461st
The Socialist Free Commonwealth of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population10.652 billion

LeaderChief Minister Jonathan Douglas Davies
FaithChurch of Aels


The Socialist Free Commonwealth of Aels is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Chief Minister Jonathan Douglas Davies with a fair hand, and remarkable for its national health service, punitive income tax rates, and restrictive gun laws. The democratic population of 10.652 billion Aelsh love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Drayfill. The average income tax rate is 77.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Aelsh economy, worth 456 trillion Punts a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Basket Weaving industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Furniture Restoration, and Automobile Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 42,810 Punts, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Only adults may purchase violent video games, guns are banned, people reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight, and the government has started a campaign to crack down on road rage and encourage alternate means of commuting. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aels's national animal is the swan, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Church of Aels.

Aels is ranked 94,408th in the world and 60th in Rushmore for Most Authoritarian, with 0.18 Stalins.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,461st

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Aels altered its national flag.
  • : Aels relocated from Balder to Rushmore.
  • : Aels was refounded in Balder.
  • : Aels ceased to exist in Rushmore.
  • : Aels was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Aels was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Dead.
  • : Aels was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Zombified and the Top 10% for Most Dead.
  • : Aels was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Zombies and Most Survivors.
  • : Aels's influence in Rushmore rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Aels was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.


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