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Largest Black Market: 5,892nd Most Efficient Economies: 6,083rd Most Inclusive: 6,250th
The Rather Confused Nation of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Flocci non facio.
Some Guy With a Microphone
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Some

Overview Dispatches Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

ELfiNE

Population7.033 billion

CapitalElfine City
LeaderSome Guy With a Microphone

CurrencyPerite
AnimalSwordfish

The Rather Confused Nation of ELfiNE is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Some Guy With a Microphone with an even hand, and renowned for its strictly enforced bedtime, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 7.033 billion ELfiNEians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Elfine City. The average income tax rate is 82.7%.

The frighteningly efficient ELfiNEian economy, worth a remarkable 1,300 trillion Perites a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 184,941 Perites, with the richest citizens earning 5.1 times as much as the poorest.

Reddish-brown is the new black, only adults may purchase violent video games, couples are discouraged from marrying until they can rank their partner on a scale of one to ten, and a typical fast food menu item could serve a small army. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. ELfiNE's national animal is the Swordfish, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

ELfiNE is ranked 7,164th in the world and 166th in the Rejected Realms for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 448.33 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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5%
Largest Black Market: 5,892ndMost Efficient Economies: 6,083rdMost Inclusive: 6,250thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,679thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,748thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,840thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,164thHighest Average Incomes: 7,194thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,647thLargest Governments: 7,720thMost Cultured: 7,862ndTop
10%
Most Secular: 8,738thMost Developed: 8,992ndSmartest Citizens: 9,070thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,123rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,720thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,750thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,003rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,252ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,380thHighest Economic Output: 10,749thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,224thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,091stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,492ndLongest Average Lifespans: 14,637thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,964thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,490thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,190th
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Largest Publishing Industry: 135th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 142nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 144th in the regionLargest Black Market: 150th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 161st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 166th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 171st in the regionMost Cultured: 173rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 176th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 178th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 180th in the regionLargest Governments: 185th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 210th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 215th in the regionMost Developed: 219th in the regionMost Secular: 224th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 231st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 236th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 239th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 248th in the regionTop
10%
Highest Average Tax Rates: 257th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 277th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 310th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 315th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 345th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 348th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 348th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 371st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 383rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 455th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : ELfiNE was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : ELfiNE was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : ELfiNE was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : ELfiNE was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : ELfiNE was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Governments and the Top 10% for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : ELfiNE's influence in The Rejected Realms rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Following new legislation in ELfiNE, a typical fast food menu item could serve a small army.
  • : Following new legislation in ELfiNE, couples are discouraged from marrying until they can rank their partner on a scale of one to ten.
  • : Following new legislation in ELfiNE, only adults may purchase violent video games.
  • : Following new legislation in ELfiNE, reddish-brown is the new black.

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