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.
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.
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