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Most Cheerful Citizens: 34th Best Weather: 61st Nicest Citizens: 69th
The Banana Bread Provider of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
A thought a day keeps the stupid police away
Influence
Enforcer
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Fair
Political Freedom
Superb

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Erastide

Population32.817 billion

CapitalKytum
LeaderPolgara

Currencyducat
Animalpeacock

The Banana Bread Provider of Erastide is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Polgara with a fair hand, and renowned for its strictly enforced bedtime, state-planned economy, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 32.817 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 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 inefficient Erastian economy, worth a remarkable 3,601 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 Tourism and Trout Farming. Average income is an impressive 109,746 ducats, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Fashion models are guaranteed to be 100% genuinely as anorexic as they appear on magazine covers, the government-sponsored autobiography 'A Polgara For All Seasons' has only been bought by the most loyal of Polgara's supporters, the nation's politicians are known more for the internet memes they spawn than any of their accomplishments, and board shorts have replaced board rooms. 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 34th in the world and 1st in Lemuria for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 99.02 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 34thBest Weather: 61stNicest Citizens: 69thMost Pacifist: 131stMost Compassionate Citizens: 136thMost Beautiful Environments: 180thLargest Populations: 189thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 193rdLongest Average Lifespans: 218thHealthiest Citizens: 273rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 307thSmartest Citizens: 653rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 700thLargest Welfare Programs: 882ndMost Rebellious Youth: 913thSafest: 917thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,063rdLargest Governments: 1,371stLowest Crime Rates: 1,440thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,602ndTop
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Highest Economic Output: 2,119thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,364thMost Cultured: 2,653rdMost Inclusive: 4,789thMost Influential: 5,384thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,406thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,973rdMost Stationary: 8,159thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,571stTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 10,707thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,491stMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,182ndMost Devout: 16,609th
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Most Cultured: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Income Equality: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Erastide, board shorts have replaced board rooms.
  • : Following new legislation in Erastide, the nation's politicians are known more for the internet memes they spawn than any of their accomplishments.
  • : Following new legislation in Erastide, the government-sponsored autobiography 'A Polgara For All Seasons' has only been bought by the most loyal of Polgara's supporters.
  • : Erastide was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry and the Top 5% for Most Advanced Public Education and Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Following new legislation in Erastide, fashion models are guaranteed to be 100% genuinely as anorexic as they appear on magazine covers.
  • : Following new legislation in Erastide, dubiously qualified East Lebatuckese doctors prescribe ice baths as a treatment for pneumonia.
  • : Following new legislation in Erastide, international humanitarian organisations are applauding the government for ending the death penalty.
  • : Following new legislation in Erastide, the "temporary replacement bus service" is now a permanent fixture.
  • : Following new legislation in Erastide, people seem disproportionately distraught when told a museum has a phones-off policy.
  • : Following new legislation in Erastide, it's harder to qualify for IVF than for a good university.

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