by Max Barry

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Safest: 166th Most Advanced Public Transport: 167th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 235th
The Republic of
Authoritarian Democracy
Duration is more important than power
George the Great
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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New Edem

Population12.608 billion

CapitalNew Paradise
LeaderGeorge the Great
FaithChristian Orthodox


The Republic of New Edem is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by George the Great with an even hand, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, frequent executions, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cheerful, devout population of 12.608 billion New Edemians are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, moralistic, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Paradise. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient New Edemian economy, worth a remarkable 2,267 trillion Talants a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Cheese Exports. Average income is an impressive 179,807 Talants, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework, women who can do math in their head are burned for witchcraft, the minority inevitably have their addenda vetoed, and welfare funding has recently gone through the roof. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. New Edem's national animal is the Lion, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christian Orthodox.

New Edem is ranked 40,761st in the world and 780th in the Rejected Realms for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 117.68 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Safest: 166thMost Advanced Public Transport: 167thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 235thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 289thBest Weather: 320thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 351stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 455thLowest Crime Rates: 485thMost Devout: 500thHighest Average Tax Rates: 539thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 617thHealthiest Citizens: 629thLongest Average Lifespans: 670thMost Beautiful Environments: 708thLargest Governments: 775thMost Subsidized Industry: 810thMost Pacifist: 895thLeast Corrupt Governments: 915thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,082ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,579thNicest Citizens: 1,671stTop
Most Developed: 2,166thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,708thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,740thMost Efficient Economies: 3,252ndMost Cultured: 3,550thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,141stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,235thMost Influential: 4,715thHighest Economic Output: 5,235thSmartest Citizens: 7,544thHighest Average Incomes: 7,780thTop
Largest Populations: 15,594thMost Income Equality: 15,814th
Most Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionSafest: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10th in the regionBest Weather: 10th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 14th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 15th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 16th in the regionMost Devout: 17th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 19th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 19th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 21st in the regionLargest Governments: 24th in the regionMost Pacifist: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 28th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 28th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 40th in the regionNicest Citizens: 44th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 54th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 64th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 66th in the regionMost Influential: 68th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 71st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 75th in the regionMost Cultured: 80th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 111th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 126th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 171st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 191st in the regionLargest Populations: 226th in the regionTop
Most Income Equality: 276th in the regionMost Stationary: 294th in the regionMost Conservative: 332nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in New Edem, welfare funding has recently gone through the roof.
  • : New Edem voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Sterilisation of Minors etc".
  • : Following new legislation in New Edem, the minority inevitably have their addenda vetoed.
  • : Following new legislation in New Edem, women who can do math in their head are burned for witchcraft.
  • : Following new legislation in New Edem, hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework.
  • : Following new legislation in New Edem, convicted felons are forced into slavery for their crimes.
  • : Following new legislation in New Edem, police wait behind troop deployments in order to shoot deserters.
  • : Following new legislation in New Edem, citizens are now allowed to discuss whether George the Great is the greatest ruler ever or simply the greatest ruler of this generation.
  • : Following new legislation in New Edem, weird or unusual crimes merit cruel and unusual punishments.
  • : Following new legislation in New Edem, would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here".


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