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Most Advanced Public Education: 13th Least Corrupt Governments: 21st Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 58th
The Bardic Peacekeepers of
Left-wing Utopia
The Moon shines down on Aethelia
Influence
Apprentice
Region
Civil Rights
Excessive
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Widely Abused

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Aethelia

Population16.859 billion

CapitalLuna
LeaderJEM
FaithScience

Currencynewton
Animalaurora

The Bardic Peacekeepers of Aethelia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by JEM with a fair hand, and notable for its ban on automobiles, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 16.859 billion Aethelians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Healthcare, and Welfare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Law & Order receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Luna. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Aethelian economy, worth a remarkable 4,945 trillion newtons a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an amazing 293,343 newtons, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Nude art is becoming wildly popular, exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates, and the children of Aethelia are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence. Crime is totally unknown. Aethelia's national animal is the aurora, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Science.

Aethelia is ranked 169,357th in the world and 224th in Wintreath for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -51.28 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Most Advanced Public Education: 13thLeast Corrupt Governments: 21stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 58thSmartest Citizens: 65thMost Developed: 67thMost Beautiful Environments: 91stMost Secular: 102ndLongest Average Lifespans: 103rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 107thMost Rebellious Youth: 119thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 144thMost Cultured: 154thHealthiest Citizens: 201stHighest Average Tax Rates: 203rdMost Inclusive: 206thSafest: 246thMost Cheerful Citizens: 256thLargest Governments: 257thBest Weather: 259thMost Advanced Public Transport: 266thLargest Publishing Industry: 276thHighest Poor Incomes: 306thMost Scientifically Advanced: 370thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 393rdLargest Welfare Programs: 404thMost Pacifist: 804thNicest Citizens: 945thHighest Economic Output: 1,158thMost Efficient Economies: 1,223rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,446thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,604thTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 2,276thLowest Crime Rates: 3,015thMost Politically Free: 4,450thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,094thLargest Populations: 5,692ndMost Extensive Civil Rights: 5,748thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,773rdNudest: 6,795thMost Influential: 6,963rdTop
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Most Extreme: 10,302ndMost Income Equality: 15,538thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16,081stHighest Drug Use: 16,339th
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Most Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Extreme: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 6th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionNudest: 10th in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 13th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 18th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Aethelia, the children of Aethelia are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence.
  • : Following new legislation in Aethelia, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Aethelia, exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting.
  • : Following new legislation in Aethelia, nude art is becoming wildly popular.
  • : Aethelia created a new poll in Hogwarts: "Best Sequel?".
  • : Aethelia created a new poll in Hogwarts: "Which country is the most desirable ally?".
  • : Aethelia voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Ozone Layer Protection".
  • : Following new legislation in Aethelia, tourists from around the world come to visit the country's famous rainforests.
  • : Following new legislation in Aethelia, foreign policy is mostly just to smile and hope for the best.
  • : Following new legislation in Aethelia, JEM can often be found attempting to coax random citizens' cats down from trees.

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