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Rudest Citizens: 18th Largest Retail Industry: 29th Largest Soda Pop Sector: 34th
The Confederacy of
Corporate Bordello
Power for the Taking
Fah Lo Suee
Influence
Power
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Elwher

Population15.03 billion

CapitalTanelorn
LeaderFah Lo Suee
FaithNone

CurrencyGold Dragon
AnimalPhoorn dragon

The Confederacy of Elwher is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Fah Lo Suee with a fair hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, pith helmet sales, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 15.03 billion Elwherites are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Education and Industry also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. 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 6,378 trillion Gold Dragons a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Soda Sales, and Gambling. Average income is an amazing 424,413 Gold Dragons, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.7 times as much as the poorest.

New "Worker's Strike" laws set out who is allowed to strike a worker, the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit, businesses are abandoning the city centre because of the lack of transport connections, and polite commuters on the Tanelorn Metro always let hurried workers off the train first. 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 18,880th in the world and 4th in Laissez Faireholm for Most Pro-Market, scoring 75.44 on the Rand Index.

Top
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Rudest Citizens: 18thLargest Retail Industry: 29thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 34thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 66thFattest Citizens: 71stHighest Crime Rates: 85thMost Armed: 93rdLargest Gambling Industry: 98thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 124thHighest Disposable Incomes: 188thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 203rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 243rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 261stMost Avoided: 269thLargest Insurance Industry: 330thMost Scientifically Advanced: 369thMost Rebellious Youth: 414thHighest Average Incomes: 431stMost Corrupt Governments: 433rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 720thMost Cultured: 724thHighest Economic Output: 863rdMost Efficient Economies: 912thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,312thLargest Mining Sector: 1,464thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,472ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,477thTop
5%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,805thSmartest Citizens: 3,274thMost Stationary: 3,727thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,353rdLargest Publishing Industry: 4,889thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5,050thMost Influential: 5,638thLargest Black Market: 6,974thTop
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Largest Populations: 9,210thLargest Governments: 9,417thLargest Agricultural Sector: 14,017thMost Secular: 17,014thNudest: 17,535th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, polite commuters on the Tanelorn Metro always let hurried workers off the train first.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, businesses are abandoning the city centre because of the lack of transport connections.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, new "Worker's Strike" laws set out who is allowed to strike a worker.
  • : Elwher voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Protecting Personal Data"".
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, it turns out that you actually can put a price on intangible cultural heritage.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, 'To Regulate And Beyond' is the unofficial motto of the Elwherian Space Agency.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, Elwherian housewives become unusually flustered when thinking about Fah Lo Suee.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, the well-to-do in Laissez Faireholm are never on time for important appointments.

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