by Max Barry

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Most Secular: 816th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,243rd Most Influential: 2,532nd
The Matriarchy of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Unity, Discipline, Work
Sasha Avina von Aeljae
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population2.201 billion

LeaderSasha Avina von Aeljae


The Matriarchy of Aeljae is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Sasha Avina von Aeljae with a fair hand, and renowned for its compulsory military service, pith helmet sales, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.201 billion Aeljaeans 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 medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Elja. The average income tax rate is 86.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Aeljaean economy, worth 373 trillion kronor a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 169,673 kronor, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Nephews and nieces of the monarch resort to begging from relatives in palace halls, the Smalltopian embassy doubles as an electoral campaign headquarters, Aeljae's children are widely acknowledged as the most foul-mouthed in the region, and census workers struggle to account for the rapidly increasing number of citizens to tabulate. Crime is totally unknown. Aeljae's national animal is the Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Aeljae is ranked 6,195th in the world and 149th in The East Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 57.39 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Most Secular: 816thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,243rdMost Influential: 2,532ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,649thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,182ndMost Inclusive: 3,633rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,705thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,820thNicest Citizens: 3,862ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,504thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,670thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,952ndSmartest Citizens: 5,098thMost Politically Free: 5,988thMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,195thHealthiest Citizens: 6,512thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,971stHighest Drug Use: 7,185thMost Cultured: 7,819thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,976thLargest Governments: 8,022ndTop
Safest: 8,834thHighest Average Incomes: 9,285thMost Pacifist: 9,435thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,527thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,892ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,948thMost Efficient Economies: 10,528thBest Weather: 11,249thNudest: 12,302ndLowest Crime Rates: 12,643rdMost Subsidized Industry: 12,678thRudest Citizens: 14,876thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,245thMost Developed: 16,008thMost Rebellious Youth: 16,413thLargest Retail Industry: 16,763rd
Most Secular: 18th in the regionMost Politically Free: 59th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 63rd in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 81st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 94th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 95th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 101st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 107th in the regionNicest Citizens: 107th in the regionMost Inclusive: 113th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 115th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 129th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 131st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 149th in the regionMost Influential: 166th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 170th in the regionLargest Governments: 184th in the regionMost Cultured: 197th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 198th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 198th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 205th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 220th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 224th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 225th in the regionNudest: 241st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 246th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 258th in the regionSafest: 267th in the regionMost Pacifist: 273rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 289th in the regionBest Weather: 314th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 316th in the regionTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 322nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 334th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 390th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 422nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 465th in the regionMost Developed: 466th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 541st in the regionMost Stationary: 557th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 587th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Aeljae, census workers struggle to account for the rapidly increasing number of citizens to tabulate.
  • : Following new legislation in Aeljae, Aeljae's children are widely acknowledged as the most foul-mouthed in the region.
  • : Following new legislation in Aeljae, the Smalltopian embassy doubles as an electoral campaign headquarters.
  • : Following new legislation in Aeljae, nephews and nieces of the monarch resort to begging from relatives in palace halls.
  • : Aeljae was endorsed by The Holy Empire of Der Erste Orden der Sithari.
  • : Aeljae was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Aeljae, wealthy pranksters dump refuse on unsuspecting citizens from up high.
  • : Following new legislation in Aeljae, bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of.
  • : Following new legislation in Aeljae, relations with Dàguó have warmed from frosty to chilly.
  • : Following new legislation in Aeljae, Lion is one of the most popular forenames in Aeljae.


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