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Most Pacifist: 3,663rd Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,829th Highest Average Tax Rates: 4,128th
The Lanteans of
Democratic Socialists
Stop trying to dial the stargate address for operator.
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom
Very Good

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend


Population9.606 billion

LeaderCaptain Geretier

Currencyobscure ancient device
Animalunascended being

The Lanteans of Apaelas is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Captain Geretier with an even hand, and notable for its avant-garde cinema, parental licensing program, and strictly enforced bedtime. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 9.606 billion Lanteans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Caelestia. The average income tax rate is 95.6%.

The Lantean economy, worth 741 trillion obscure ancient devices 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 Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Basket Weaving. Average income is 77,193 obscure ancient devices, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates, the nation is known as the cheapskates of Balder, cars have been banned, and noises louder than a whisper have been prohibited by law. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Apaelas's national animal is the unascended being, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Ascension.

Apaelas is ranked 14,993rd in the world and 599th in Balder for Smartest Citizens, with 69.73 Quips Per Hour.

Most Pacifist: 3,663rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,829thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,128thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,673rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,135thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,726thNicest Citizens: 7,046thLargest Governments: 7,105thSafest: 7,773rdLowest Crime Rates: 7,837thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,947thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 8,552ndMost Beautiful Environments: 8,658thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,184thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,119thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,219thBest Weather: 11,737thHealthiest Citizens: 12,883rdSmartest Citizens: 14,993rdMost Income Equality: 15,001stMost Devout: 15,284thHighest Economic Output: 16,056th
Most Pacifist: 152nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 183rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 203rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 225th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 230th in the regionTop
Nicest Citizens: 283rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 289th in the regionLargest Governments: 308th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 310th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 327th in the regionSafest: 377th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 380th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 434th in the regionMost Income Equality: 440th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 440th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 447th in the regionBest Weather: 491st in the regionLargest Populations: 495th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Apaelas's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Apaelas was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Apaelas, noises louder than a whisper have been prohibited by law.
  • : Following new legislation in Apaelas, cars have been banned.
  • : Apaelas's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Apaelas's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Apaelas was refounded in Balder.
  • : Apaelas ceased to exist in Osiris.
  • : Apaelas's influence in Osiris rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Apaelas's influence in Osiris rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".


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