by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Public Education: 12th Least Corrupt Governments: 21st Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 56th
The Bardic Lorekeepers of
Left-wing Utopia
The Moon shines down on Aethelia
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Population17.247 billion



The Bardic Lorekeepers of Aethelia is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by JEM with a fair hand, and renowned for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, keen interest in outer space, and soft-spoken computers. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 17.247 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, 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 5,120 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 Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Tourism. Average income is an amazing 296,868 newtons, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Doctors prescribe medicines but they rarely dispense hope or compassion, snap elections are called over every minor impasse, the fattest folk in Aethelia look to be the happiest ones, and on-duty Air Aethelia flight attendants are usually seen napping in first class. 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 7,596th in the world and 4th in The Region That Has No Big Banks for Nudest, with 221 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

Most Advanced Public Education: 12thLeast Corrupt Governments: 21stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 56thSmartest Citizens: 64thMost Developed: 77thMost Secular: 78thMost Beautiful Environments: 93rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 103rdLongest Average Lifespans: 112thMost Rebellious Youth: 116thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 146thMost Cultured: 157thMost Inclusive: 202ndHealthiest Citizens: 208thHighest Average Tax Rates: 211thSafest: 241stMost Cheerful Citizens: 252ndLargest Publishing Industry: 254thLargest Governments: 257thBest Weather: 265thMost Advanced Public Transport: 266thHighest Poor Incomes: 304thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 383rdLargest Welfare Programs: 413thMost Pacifist: 781stNicest Citizens: 912thMost Scientifically Advanced: 978thHighest Economic Output: 1,127thMost Efficient Economies: 1,239thHighest Average Incomes: 1,419thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,634thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 2,195thLowest Crime Rates: 2,741stMost Politically Free: 3,623rdMost Subsidized Industry: 5,634thLargest Populations: 5,647thNudest: 7,596thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 7,963rdTop
Most Extreme: 12,955thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16,374thMost Income Equality: 16,975th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
Most Inclusive: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionNudest: 4th in the regionMost Extreme: 5th in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 8th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 10th in the region

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