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Most Secular: 742ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,211thMost Developed: 2,299th
The Technocratic Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Aether aeternam
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population6.749 billion

LeaderLudvig Maxis

Animalnetherwings owl

The Technocratic Empire of Aether is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Ludvig Maxis with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, anti-smoking policies, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 6.749 billion aetherians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Education, although Defense, Law & Order, and Healthcare 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 95.2%.

The frighteningly efficient aetherian economy, worth a remarkable 1,014 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 150,275 Aeriums, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is continually probing the galaxy in search of alien life, Bigtopian relations have become a minefield, occupational wage levels are based on a crumpled napkin authored by a legendary Agartha bus driver, and scientists spend more time enduring government inspections than they do on actual science. 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.

Aether is ranked 6,821st in the world and 9th in 21st Century Rome for Highest Poor Incomes, with 115,219.43 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Secular: 742ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,211thMost Developed: 2,299thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,329thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,775thLowest Crime Rates: 2,998thBest Weather: 3,268thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,405thHealthiest Citizens: 3,557thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,938thSmartest Citizens: 4,004thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,430thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,695thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,315thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,122ndMost Efficient Economies: 6,173rdLargest Governments: 6,259thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,449thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,821stMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,004thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,063rdMost Subsidized Industry: 8,649thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,405thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,271stMost Corrupt Governments: 10,856thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 12,144thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,950thHighest Average Incomes: 13,407thMost Cultured: 16,083rdHighest Economic Output: 16,216thLargest Welfare Programs: 17,374thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17,387thMost Authoritarian: 18,482ndMost Inclusive: 19,478thMost Influential: 21,201st
Lowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionTop
Best Weather: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 8th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 13th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Populations: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 17th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 18th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 23rd in the region

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