by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 476thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,529thMost Influential: 3,512th
The Federation of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population1.65 billion



The Federation of Ephem is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Camus with an even hand, and notable for its compulsory military service, daily referendums, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.65 billion Ephemians 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 large government prioritizes Education, although Healthcare, Administration, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Leviathan. The average income tax rate is 76.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ephemian economy, worth 191 trillion Ptahs a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming, Tourism, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 116,130 Ptahs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens no longer take selfies with their dead relatives at funerals, politicians always seem reluctant to publish their tax returns, heartfelt sentiments are mercilessly marketed by a million-Ptah treacle machine, and multiple polls have christened the newly-formed Filibuster Committee as "the least efficient government bureaucracy". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ephem's national animal is the Penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is None.

Ephem is ranked 19,110th in the world and 529th in The East Pacific for Largest Governments, scoring 26.29 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 476thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,529thTop
Most Influential: 3,512thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,004thSafest: 6,524thHealthiest Citizens: 6,664thBest Weather: 6,941stMost Pacifist: 6,969thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,826thMost Developed: 9,217thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,508thLowest Crime Rates: 9,514thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,009thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,221stMost Advanced Public Education: 10,345thNicest Citizens: 10,398thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,086thTop
Most Inclusive: 12,113thSmartest Citizens: 13,408thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,440thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,937thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,164thMost Cultured: 14,198thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,510thMost Secular: 14,952ndHighest Poor Incomes: 15,709thMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,688thHighest Average Tax Rates: 18,916thLargest Governments: 19,110thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 19,910thMost Cheerful Citizens: 20,410th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 27th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 86th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 131st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 199th in the regionBest Weather: 211th in the regionMost Influential: 214th in the regionSafest: 215th in the regionMost Pacifist: 244th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 245th in the regionMost Developed: 261st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 271st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 285th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 297th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 312th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 322nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 336th in the regionNicest Citizens: 339th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 353rd in the regionMost Cultured: 365th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 398th in the regionMost Inclusive: 402nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 408th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 421st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 447th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 494th in the regionMost Secular: 505th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 507th in the regionLargest Governments: 529th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 553rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 578th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 679th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 684th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 699th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 750th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 894th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, multiple polls have christened the newly-formed Filibuster Committee as "the least efficient government bureaucracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, heartfelt sentiments are mercilessly marketed by a million-Ptah treacle machine.
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, politicians always seem reluctant to publish their tax returns.
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, citizens no longer take selfies with their dead relatives at funerals.
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, hiding wrinkles with make-up is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, Occam's razor has sliced to pieces any childhood belief in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here".
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, light entertainment shows are light on actual entertainment.
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, Members of Parliament are often found living in cardboard boxes.
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, drug deals return to the streets as legions of undercover officers stalk the dark web.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 266 » Pakitsk, Shavara, Euricanis, Todd McCloud, Nevertopia, Stellar Colonies, Marrabuk, Zukchiva, Osterreich und Ungarn, New Bradenia Ghost, Mays Austrian Nation, Lingu, Konouj, Samaltak True, Elejamie, Dark Edgyness, Brotherland, Wiranath, Luisagna, CANZUK 1, Chria Deau, Barfleur, Tassirion, Pizza devil cat, Plazland, Nossepachina, Servants of Gizmo, Wizardonia, Ripsylvania, Lanagon, Asendavia, VW53Aland, Azureano, Zanottilandia, Warren democracy, Hexyia, Dorles, Roliganistan, Rainbow Vests, Republic of Berzerkistan, Condo of Grick, Adavan, Rokaku, Pureian, Narinoland, Akorial, Under Sea Desert, The Empire of Rijelv, St Guilders Gate, Tallegaesia, and 216 others.Firenation91, Kingdom of Palau and other Constituents, Bysios, Waldenes, Slonful, Drunken Seal Islands, Kianhua, Tshana, Castle Federation, United China Nation, Sojaristan, Spicymemeballs, Centrical Union, Seri Tai Republic, BearStackof2015, New Liberitad, Santa Dystopia, Merlovich, Cymru Broadcasters, Talitoa, Imperial Akatsuki, East Malaysia, Hokolokia, Cameronia Excellentia, New Amerindia, Monteconstance, Turbo Bolt, Savorca, Sen Jast, Our Gods, Zulkig, BuciLand, Bai Lung, Vaskeden, Kavel, Enlil, Taurora, Komiker Mawrysharken, Impia Aghte, Freedomindia, Noreds Thereneuthene, Moewland, Gyp Land, Dragonia, Iodinia, Ribanzi, Dratava, West Akhzaristan, Kotawia, Liberstankonia, Lyontisia, Chubaka, Endertopias, Grey Haven of Tauraucania, La xinga, United Dirtpile, H-Zhena, Kaigi, Belora Gyles, Alderaciea, Harro Waarudho, Kristanya, New Leganes, Adolanta, A Slanted Black Stripe, North Insomnia, Staynes, Tretrid, Survivoristan, Arcanama, Monezambique, The United Neo American Union, ReeK, Davinhia, Kalaratri, Trulu, Dannemarie, Kucia, Eagas, Federated States of Zootron, Slys Paws, The Solar Ottomans, Sovietsoyuz, Evrigenis, Southern Yugoslavia, Holy Alasia Orozen, Arouran, Andurand, Headpat Central, Serfvarden, Biggstonia, The Earth Systems Alliance, Yuritoria, ReReReRepublic, The Cult of the Great Cthulhu, Unger under over, Felsinki, The Soviet Space Commie Union, Wanabe, Wisdoms and Knowledges, Adioration, Kangarawa, Fellon, Joundia, The Eternal Land of Jong, HinduRashtr, The Almighty Country, Aeljae, Rhealaliit, Modra, CopyCato, Kublam, Lilisk, Khvetsch, Cacnesia, Gemlon, The Argos Federation, Leedur-laand, Nifalembria Zamingstan, Ridann, Bynzich, Propwash, Solis Ortis, Hentaigoku, Enou, Raneve Brusertheatel, Greater New Cassandra, The American Free States, Trimmania, Khadah, Outer Verron Swicia Islands, Goodnamesarerare, Slongs, New Terabithia, 3 14159265358979323846264, Jyzeria, Blobbo, FreedomIand, Airrajul, Oofery, Neue Leipzig, Broengtopia, Axdel, A mean old man, Valkyron Union, Roissyland, Kagorg Bra Corna, Brethren, Sansangra, Socialist Holy American Empire, Technocraticofgivus, Nigon, Pastellene, Abtracnt, Dragons Blood, Citergue, Janoobi Jazair, EnderShnovia, Libertanny, Zang0, Martonica, Edmontia, Morrowine, Syriusz, ArenaC, Horn of Havenkaap, Manameisjeff, Squid Ruinosa, Impire of Driesmania, Kavanos, Mahatakutana, Azakhuland, Riveraland, Bullpups, Tuvaltastan, The island of Kiria, Korktopia, Harmonic Yeetlandia, Reschaters, Polenishia, Impaxia, Djomb, Nyanhai, Epislon, Collective Individualism, Rhothstan, Conikslan, Trinatium, Free Nal Graakuo, Alttaea, Chrootangtonia, CheeseBurrito, Amihan, Teocallintzin, Upper Business of Businessville, The Islamic Republic of Africa, Chols Worithopia, Ayaupia, Pledonia, Hertogenbosch, New Ailartsua, Bharatewa, Galve, Mog the Moogle, Dravida India, Oerkar, Great Aztlatan CommonWealth, New Mainz, Dirty Americans, Lumpiadinavia, Gaboni, Kriov, Republic of New India, The New Tace, Rawdank, and Flying Snow.

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