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Most Secular: 1,333rdMost Developed: 1,889thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,018th
The Technocratic Empire of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Aether aeternam
Influence
Vassal
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Aether

Population8.43 billion

CapitalAgartha
LeaderLudvig Maxis
FaithCult of Athena

CurrencyAerium
Animalnetherwings owl

The Technocratic Empire of Aether is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Ludvig Maxis with an iron fist, and renowned for its zero percent divorce rate, complete lack of prisons, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 8.43 billion aetherians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Education, although Defense, Law & Order, and Environment are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Agartha. The average income tax rate is 96.2%.

The frighteningly efficient aetherian economy, worth a remarkable 1,341 trillion Aeriums a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 159,101 Aeriums, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Ministry of Health has reported a sharp increase in the incidence of delayed menopause, coffee cups have grown in size to accommodate the huge ingredients list, criminals and college students are taking an interest in the government's new weed-killing program, and there's more than one way to skin a diplomat. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aether's national animal is the netherwings owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Cult of Athena.

Aether is ranked 239,888th in the world and 163rd in 21st Century Rome for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -25.59 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Most Secular: 1,333rdMost Developed: 1,889thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,018thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,143rdTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 2,600thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,688thBest Weather: 2,854thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,994thHealthiest Citizens: 3,268thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,270thSmartest Citizens: 3,373rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,626thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,848thLargest Governments: 5,079thMost Efficient Economies: 5,171stHighest Poor Incomes: 5,295thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,430thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,568thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,932ndMost Influential: 6,943rdMost Subsidized Industry: 7,297thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,427thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,574thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,832ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,529thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,125thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,400thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 12,276thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,679thHighest Economic Output: 13,216thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,556thMost Cultured: 13,886thSafest: 15,147thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,762ndMost Inclusive: 19,007thMost Income Equality: 21,903rd
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Most Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 6th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 9th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 10th in the regionLargest Governments: 10th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 10th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 11th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 13th in the regionLargest Populations: 16th in the region

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