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Rudest Citizens: 18th Largest Retail Industry: 29th Largest Soda Pop Sector: 32nd
The Confederacy of
Corporate Bordello
Power for the Taking
Fah Lo Suee
Influence
Power
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Elwher

Population16.136 billion

CapitalTanelorn
LeaderFah Lo Suee
FaithNone

CurrencyGold Dragon
AnimalPhoorn dragon

The Confederacy of Elwher is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Fah Lo Suee with a fair hand, and renowned for its avant-garde cinema, unlimited-speed roads, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 16.136 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 dominated by the Department of Defense, with Industry and Education also on the agenda, 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 7,253 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 449,524 Gold Dragons, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,466,983 per year while the poor average 103,621, a ratio of 14.2 to 1.

Most towns have their Fah Lo Suee High School located on Fah Lo Suee Street, the government has cut its subsidies for all special interest groups, truncheon-mounted cameras record the beating of criminals in dynamic HD detail, and the nation's orphanages and maternity wards have been nicknamed 'the Killbot Factories'. 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 239th in the world and 1st in Laissez Faireholm for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 19,404.76 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Rudest Citizens: 18thLargest Retail Industry: 29thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 32ndFattest Citizens: 57thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 68thHighest Crime Rates: 73rdMost Armed: 86thLargest Gambling Industry: 95thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 113thHighest Disposable Incomes: 154thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 214thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 227thMost Avoided: 238thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 239thLargest Insurance Industry: 311thMost Corrupt Governments: 346thHighest Average Incomes: 366thMost Scientifically Advanced: 382ndMost Rebellious Youth: 383rdMost Cultured: 556thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 569thLargest Information Technology Sector: 669thHighest Economic Output: 705thMost Efficient Economies: 875thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,190thLargest Mining Sector: 1,353rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,427thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 2,548thMost Stationary: 3,537thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,755thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,141stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,673rdMost Influential: 5,434thLargest Governments: 6,497thLargest Black Market: 6,816thTop
10%
Highest Poor Incomes: 8,556thLargest Populations: 8,619thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,751stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,113thLargest Agricultural Sector: 12,050thMost Pro-Market: 12,184thMost Secular: 14,755thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,214th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Elwher voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Responsible Land Management".
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, the nation's orphanages and maternity wards have been nicknamed 'the Killbot Factories'.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, truncheon-mounted cameras record the beating of criminals in dynamic HD detail.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, the government has cut its subsidies for all special interest groups.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, most towns have their Fah Lo Suee High School located on Fah Lo Suee Street.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, large areas of Elwher are not accessible by the public.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, it is said that an Elwherian woman's work is never done.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, small businesses are gobbled up almost daily by corporate giants.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, stylish juvenile delinquents are highly overrepresented in fatal motorcycle accidents.
  • : Following new legislation in Elwher, a firework a day does not in fact keep the doctor away.

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