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Largest Populations: 9thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 294thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 401st
The Free State of
Capitalist Paradise
Eli's Coming
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population42.705 billion

CapitalEli City
LeaderEli Hutton
FaithEli is God

CurrencyNew Merit

The Free State of Eli is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Eli Hutton with an even hand, and renowned for its national health service, keen interest in outer space, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 42.705 billion Elians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Eli City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Elian economy, worth a remarkable 9,449 trillion New Merits a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Uranium Mining, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is an amazing 221,284 New Merits, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,047,140 per year while the poor average 27,660, a ratio of 37.9 to 1.

Journalists often nap through tedious police press briefings, women don't report crimes to the emergency services for fear of being arrested, fruit vendors are encouraging a life of crime in their advertising, and on streets of broken glass people are being murdered for their faith. Crime is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Eli's national animal is the squirrel, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Eli is God.

Eli is ranked 181,049th in the world and 4,598th in the West Pacific for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -6 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

Largest Populations: 9thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 294thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 401stHighest Economic Output: 700thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,059thHighest Crime Rates: 1,086thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,197thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,278thFattest Citizens: 1,557thMost Avoided: 1,651stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,774thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,959thLargest Mining Sector: 1,981stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,251stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,254thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,373rdTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 2,809thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,092ndMost Armed: 3,096thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,940thHighest Average Incomes: 5,620thLargest Retail Industry: 5,910thRudest Citizens: 6,970thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,650thMost Devout: 8,656thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,815thMost Efficient Economies: 9,019thSmartest Citizens: 10,041stLargest Gambling Industry: 10,498thMost Stationary: 12,556thTop
Most Influential: 16,635thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16,704thLargest Black Market: 17,897thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 20,212thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 20,888thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21,761stMost Pro-Market: 23,192nd
Largest Populations: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 11th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 15th in the regionMost Avoided: 20th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 20th in the regionFattest Citizens: 23rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 23rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 25th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 27th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 29th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 32nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 33rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 36th in the regionMost Armed: 40th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 46th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 53rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 60th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 85th in the regionMost Devout: 110th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 111th in the regionRudest Citizens: 132nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 138th in the regionMost Stationary: 153rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 161st in the regionLargest Black Market: 167th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 178th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 192nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 192nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 221st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 248th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 289th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 326th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 338th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 479th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 553rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 593rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 705th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 722nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 727th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Eli was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Eli, on streets of broken glass people are being murdered for their faith.
  • : Following new legislation in Eli, fruit vendors are encouraging a life of crime in their advertising.
  • : Following new legislation in Eli, women don't report crimes to the emergency services for fear of being arrested.
  • : Following new legislation in Eli, journalists often nap through tedious police press briefings.
  • : Following new legislation in Eli, lawyers spend as much time preparing their make-up as they do their briefs.
  • : Following new legislation in Eli, treaties are taken to be mere rules of thumb.
  • : Following new legislation in Eli, Eli Hutton affectionately nicknames supporters by number.
  • : Following new legislation in Eli, newspapers are running a front-page picture of Eli Hutton holding a crowbar and standing over a bloodied stockbroker.
  • : Following new legislation in Eli, cassocked priests and choirboys believe that what happens behind closed doors stays behind closed doors.