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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 11,795thMost Devout: 12,086thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,598th
The Encircling Mountains of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Even Darkness Must Pass
Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Rare

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Echoriath

Population1.802 billion

CapitalGondolin
LeaderFingolfin
FaithEru Iluvatar

CurrencyMirian
AnimalGiant Eagle

The Encircling Mountains of Echoriath is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Fingolfin with an iron fist, and renowned for its lack of airports, infamous sell-swords, and ritual sacrifices. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 1.802 billion Echoriathians 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 large, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Environment, Law & Order, and Education also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gondolin. The average income tax rate is 50.6%.

The strong Echoriathian economy, worth 113 trillion Mirians a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 62,858 Mirians, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.6 times as much as the poorest.

Oracles predict landslide victories for Fingolfin for the next 50 years, ships no longer sail as no one wants to encounter Echoriathian pirates, Echoriathians are free from pain - but the side effects include loss of individual thought and freedom, and people forget to eat because they are too busy singing Fingolfin's praises. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Echoriath's national animal is the Giant Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Eru Iluvatar.

Echoriath is ranked 62,996th in the world and 42nd in Middle Earth for Largest Governments, scoring 16.46 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 11,795thMost Devout: 12,086thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,598thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,876thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,012thMost Cultured: 14,351stMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,822ndBest Weather: 15,352ndMost Corrupt Governments: 16,395thLargest Black Market: 18,024thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 19,954thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 20,583rd
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionBest Weather: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 8th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10th in the regionMost Devout: 10th in the regionMost Armed: 10th in the regionLargest Black Market: 11th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 11th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 11th in the regionMost Cultured: 12th in the regionMost Inclusive: 12th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 13th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Echoriath, people forget to eat because they are too busy singing Fingolfin's praises.
  • : Following new legislation in Echoriath, Echoriathians are free from pain - but the side effects include loss of individual thought and freedom.
  • : Following new legislation in Echoriath, ships no longer sail as no one wants to encounter Echoriathian pirates.
  • : Following new legislation in Echoriath, oracles predict landslide victories for Fingolfin for the next 50 years.
  • : Following new legislation in Echoriath, only the wealthy can afford monorail fares.
  • : Following new legislation in Echoriath, hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework.
  • : Echoriath lodged a message on the Middle Earth Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Echoriath, suppression of pro-democracy protests is a daily occurrence.
  • : Echoriath was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Echoriath, hedge fund managers are diversifying into herbaceous borders.

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