by Max Barry

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The Federal Republic of
Father Knows Best State
Strength through adversity
Civil Rights
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Population6.583 billion


The Federal Republic of Aethurheim is a colossal, orderly nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, pith helmet sales, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 6.583 billion Aethurians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Administration also on the agenda, while International Aid receives no funds. The average income tax rate is 30.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Aethurian economy, worth 299 trillion merkes a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Pizza Delivery, Automobile Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 45,445 merkes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

The sanitised and dull music festivals of Aethurheim are famed for their reasonable volume levels, the banshee wail foretells skies of death, death row inmates cower in fear at the phrase "one-year anniversary", and pet rocks are sold by the pound. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aethurheim's national animal is the raven, which can occasionally be seen dodging aircraft in the nation's cities.

Aethurheim is ranked 175,380th in the world and 5,789th in Balder for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -4 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

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