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Most Cheerful Citizens: 29th Best Weather: 44th Nicest Citizens: 63rd
The Banana Bread Provider of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
A thought a day keeps the stupid police away
Regional Influence
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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The Banana Bread Provider of Erastide is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Polgara with a fair hand, and remarkable for its frequent executions, strictly enforced bedtime, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 31.17 billion Erastideans love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Environment, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kytum. The average income tax rate is 99.3%.

The enormous but underdeveloped Erastian economy, worth a remarkable 2,691 trillion ducats a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming and Tourism. Average income is 86,354 ducats, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Museums stand half-empty as all foreign exhibits are returned to their countries of origin, space shuttles regularly launch rubbish into space, fewer people are bathing as citizens must show ration stamps before they can turn on their faucets, and citizens applying for their first jobs face fierce competition from the homeless. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Erastide's national animal is the peacock, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Erastide is ranked 62,876th in the world and 7th in Lemuria for Most Authoritarian, with 0.26 Stalins.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 29thBest Weather: 44thNicest Citizens: 63rdMost Pacifist: 111thMost Compassionate Citizens: 116thMost Beautiful Environments: 144thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 155thLongest Average Lifespans: 167thLargest Populations: 203rdHealthiest Citizens: 224thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 299thSmartest Citizens: 557thLeast Corrupt Governments: 821stMost Rebellious Youth: 910thSafest: 912thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,045thLargest Governments: 1,368thLowest Crime Rates: 1,405thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 1,816thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,431stMost Cultured: 2,685thHighest Economic Output: 2,851stMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,786thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,853rdMost Influential: 4,661stMost Inclusive: 5,348thMost Devout: 6,877thTop
Most Income Equality: 9,712thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,730thMost Stationary: 9,778thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,082ndMost Advanced Public Education: 12,482ndHighest Poor Incomes: 13,677th
Largest Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Income Equality: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Erastide's influence in Lemuria rose from "Instigator" to "Enforcer".
  • : Erastide was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Erastide lodged a message on the Lemuria Regional Message Board.
  • : Erastide's influence in Lemuria fell from "Enforcer" to "Instigator".
  • : Erastide's influence in Lemuria rose from "Instigator" to "Enforcer".
  • : Erastide was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Erastide was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Erastide's influence in Lemuria fell from "Enforcer" to "Instigator".
  • : Erastide's influence in Lemuria rose from "Instigator" to "Enforcer".
  • : Erastide was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Devout and the Top 10% for Most Stationary.


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