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Largest Retail Industry: 17thRudest Citizens: 22ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 30th
The Confederacy of
Capitalist Paradise
Power for the Taking
Fah Lo Suee
Influence
Power
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Elwher

Population18.193 billion

CapitalTanelorn
LeaderFah Lo Suee
FaithNone

CurrencyGold Dragon
AnimalPhoorn dragon

The Confederacy of Elwher is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Fah Lo Suee with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, keen interest in outer space, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 18.193 billion Elwherites are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry and Education are also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tanelorn. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Elwherian economy, worth a remarkable 8,868 trillion Gold Dragons a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Gambling. Average income is an amazing 487,470 Gold Dragons, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,432,815 per year while the poor average 23,443, a ratio of 146 to 1.

The new one Gold Dragon coin also makes a handy throwing-star, bus ads propagandize causes ranging from sexual revolution to religious pogroms, the streets are increasingly clogged with poverty-stricken beggars, and science centers and state of the art laboratories are ubiquitous. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Elwher's national animal is the Phoorn dragon, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is None.

Elwher is ranked 2,385th in the world and 2nd in Laissez Faireholm for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring 10,915.88 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Largest Retail Industry: 17thRudest Citizens: 22ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 30thFattest Citizens: 45thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 59thHighest Crime Rates: 67thMost Armed: 80thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 82ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 92ndLargest Gambling Industry: 104thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 130thHighest Disposable Incomes: 130thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 176thMost Scientifically Advanced: 206thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 224thMost Avoided: 225thMost Corrupt Governments: 273rdMost Rebellious Youth: 276thMost Efficient Economies: 297thLargest Insurance Industry: 329thHighest Average Incomes: 343rdMost Cultured: 404thHighest Economic Output: 586thLargest Information Technology Sector: 688thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 901stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,301stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,388thLargest Mining Sector: 1,417thSmartest Citizens: 1,448thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,492ndTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,385thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,778thMost Stationary: 3,282ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,926thLargest Governments: 4,500thMost Influential: 6,514thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,064thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,621stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,632ndLargest Populations: 8,273rdLargest Black Market: 9,580thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 13,165thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,812thMost Secular: 13,960thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,154thMost Pro-Market: 20,656th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Elwher voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Ending School Segregation".
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, science centers and state of the art laboratories are ubiquitous.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, the streets are increasingly clogged with poverty-stricken beggars.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, bus ads propagandize causes ranging from sexual revolution to religious pogroms.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, the new one Gold Dragon coin also makes a handy throwing-star.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, there has been a series of riots between local cannibals and health food advocates.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, children must be board certified to append "Jr" to their name.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, medical lawsuits are out of control.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, Occam's razor has sliced to pieces any childhood belief in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, serial killers who are released early distribute death but not their seed.

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