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Best Weather: 6,211thLargest Populations: 7,341stMost Beautiful Environments: 9,078th
The Imperial Union of
New York Times Democracy
Faugh an Beallach
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population18.92 billion

CapitalDal Riata
LeaderArkhon Alexandra von Randgriz

AnimalAravean Snow Lion

The Imperial Union of Aravea is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Arkhon Alexandra von Randgriz with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, frequent executions, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 18.92 billion Araveans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The tiny, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dal Riata. The average income tax rate is 6.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Aravean economy, worth a remarkable 1,610 trillion Thalers a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 85,122 Thalers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Whenever pilots have to bail out the government bails out their company, the nation's forests are full of treasure hunters in military-grade survival gear, the Grinder at Fat Sal's Deli and Recycling Center is a national institution, and the government is constantly producing new maps to accommodate the continual renaming of cities. Crime is relatively low, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aravea's national animal is the Aravean Snow Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Lutheranism.

Aravea is ranked 36,009th in the world and 11th in Meillur for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 3,701.47 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Best Weather: 6,211thLargest Populations: 7,341stMost Beautiful Environments: 9,078thHighest Economic Output: 9,792ndTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 10,850thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,891stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 11,238thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,955thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,289thMost Politically Free: 14,378thLargest Retail Industry: 15,024thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,975thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,668thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,342nd
Most Politically Free: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the region

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