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Largest Welfare Programs: 394thMost Compassionate Citizens: 674thNicest Citizens: 705th
The Kingdom of
Left-wing Utopia
Radical Ideas to Lead the Future!
Influence
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Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Upper Ellisse

Population3.327 billion

CapitalGratuitous Cheesewheels
LeaderThe Glorious and Noteworthy Radical Cow
FaithThe Cult of Timbuktu

Currencyradical ideas-styled currency
Animalpigeon

The Kingdom of Upper Ellisse is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by The Glorious and Noteworthy Radical Cow with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, national health service, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 3.327 billion Ellisseans are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gratuitous Cheesewheels. The average income tax rate is 98.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Ellissean economy, worth 478 trillion radical ideas-styled currencies a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 143,891 radical ideas-styled currencies, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Serial commas clarify the relationship between one's lackeys, the taxpayers, and kinsfolk, the new Refuse Hills housing development is under construction, CEOs can't hear the term 'Fire Sale' without bursting into tears, and many in Upper Ellisse are born in the purple. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Upper Ellisse's national animal is the pigeon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is The Cult of Timbuktu.

Upper Ellisse is ranked 6,166th in the world and 139th in The East Pacific for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 15,102.29 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 394thMost Compassionate Citizens: 674thNicest Citizens: 705thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 825thMost Pacifist: 869thMost Inclusive: 1,025thBest Weather: 1,053rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,093rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,122ndLongest Average Lifespans: 1,547thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,558thSafest: 1,559thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,811thHealthiest Citizens: 1,869thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,117thLowest Crime Rates: 2,132ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,307thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,428thTop
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Most Devout: 2,635thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,656thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,744thMost Cultured: 3,089thLargest Governments: 3,344thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,586thMost Influential: 3,938thMost Developed: 5,137thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,809thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,166thMost Efficient Economies: 7,496thSmartest Citizens: 9,305thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,330thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,109thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 15,625th
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Largest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17th in the regionNicest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 19th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 27th in the regionMost Pacifist: 29th in the regionBest Weather: 32nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 34th in the regionMost Inclusive: 36th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 37th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 46th in the regionSafest: 51st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 54th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 56th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 59th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 61st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 62nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 62nd in the regionMost Devout: 66th in the regionMost Cultured: 79th in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 80th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 80th in the regionLargest Governments: 96th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 139th in the regionMost Developed: 158th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 204th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 213th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 251st in the regionMost Influential: 264th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 305th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 339th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 350th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 446th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 459th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 605th in the regionMost Stationary: 686th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 779th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Upper Ellisse, many in Upper Ellisse are born in the purple.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Ellisse, CEOs can't hear the term 'Fire Sale' without bursting into tears.
  • : Upper Ellisse voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Kelssek".
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Ellisse, the new Refuse Hills housing development is under construction.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Ellisse, serial commas clarify the relationship between one's lackeys, the taxpayers, and kinsfolk.
  • : Upper Ellisse was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments and Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Ellisse, a niche industry catering to S&M enthusiasts has sprung up.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Ellisse, the government has legalised small-scale capitalism.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Ellisse, t-shirts displaying a photo of The Glorious and Noteworthy Radical Cow performing the Full-Monty are selling out.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Ellisse, libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars.

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