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Most Advanced Public Education: 23rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 39thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 58th
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Population29.708 billion



The Bardic Lorekeepers of Aethelia is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by JEM with a fair hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 29.708 billion Aethelians 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 enormous, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Environment, Healthcare, and Welfare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Luna. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Aethelian economy, worth a remarkable 9,959 trillion newtons 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 led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an amazing 335,239 newtons, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The ABI Channel Tunnel project is plagued by delays, libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars, community organizers have given up going door to door because nobody is home, and politicians are often found scavenging bins at night to supplement their income. Crime is totally unknown. Aethelia's national animal is the aurora, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Science.

Aethelia is ranked 260,967th in the world and 106th in Gay for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring -7.9 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Most Advanced Public Education: 23rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 39thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 58thSmartest Citizens: 97thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 101stMost Secular: 105thMost Rebellious Youth: 119thMost Beautiful Environments: 133rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 185thSafest: 202ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 219thHighest Average Tax Rates: 225thLargest Publishing Industry: 254thMost Cultured: 276thLargest Governments: 277thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 300thBest Weather: 311thHealthiest Citizens: 320thHighest Food Quality: 325thMost Developed: 333rdLongest Average Lifespans: 357thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 389thMost Scientifically Advanced: 574thLargest Welfare Programs: 616thMost Inclusive: 622ndHighest Poor Incomes: 648thMost Pacifist: 784thHighest Economic Output: 801stNicest Citizens: 1,115thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,375thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,787thHighest Average Incomes: 1,886thLowest Crime Rates: 2,246thMost Efficient Economies: 2,816thTop
Largest Populations: 4,324thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,604thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,900thMost Influential: 8,828thTop
Most Income Equality: 16,187thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16,638thNudest: 16,710thMost Valuable International Artwork: 20,139thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 27,834th
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the regionSafest: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionMost Pacifist: 5th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 6th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 8th in the regionNicest Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 11th in the region

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