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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,331st Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,520th Most Corrupt Governments: 1,533rd
The Senate and Freeholders of
Moralistic Democracy
Blood and Iron
Influence
Handshaker
Roleplay Consul
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Below Average

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The Land of the Ephyral

Population6.938 billion

CapitalEphyra
LeaderArchon Rhaemyrion Laetorios Taenitheos
FaithEphyral paganism

CurrencyGold Honour
AnimalEphyral Eagle

The Senate and Freeholders of The Land of the Ephyral is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Archon Rhaemyrion Laetorios Taenitheos with an even hand, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, ubiquitous missile silos, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 6.938 billion Ephyrīhi are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ephyra. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 8.2%.

The very strong Ephyrīha economy, worth a remarkable 1,371 trillion Gold Honours a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Retail, and Information Technology. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 197,673 Gold Honours, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 618,925 per year while the poor average 48,407, a ratio of 12.8 to 1.

The regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb, the only position a woman can hold is baby-maker, female brains are believed to heat up dangerously when 'overclocked', and a widely accepted trade policy is "tit-for-tat". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Land of the Ephyral's national animal is the Ephyral Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Ephyral paganism.

The Land of the Ephyral is ranked 12,969th in the world and 5th in The Coalition of Democratic Nations for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 115.64 on the Hayek Index.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,331stTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,520thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,533rdRudest Citizens: 1,625thLargest Mining Sector: 1,739thMost Avoided: 1,807thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,019thLargest Black Market: 2,817thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,838thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,110thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,243rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,385thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,615thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,963rdMost Influential: 4,660thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,804thLargest Retail Industry: 5,213thHighest Average Incomes: 5,812thMost Devout: 6,228thTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 8,923rdHighest Economic Output: 9,731stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,375thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,268thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 12,969thMost Conservative: 14,997th
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Avoided: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the region

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