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Most Valuable International Artwork: 3,126thMost Influential: 5,142ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,812th
The Free Enlightened Order of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Embrace Your Deepest Fears
Queen-Magister Sascha
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Rare

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Aivintis

Population2.3 billion

CapitalGreater Aslough
LeaderQueen-Magister Sascha
Faiththe Order of Enlightenment

CurrencyCrown
Animalwolf

The Free Enlightened Order of Aivintis is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Queen-Magister Sascha with an iron fist, and notable for its pith helmet sales, ubiquitous missile silos, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 2.3 billion Aivintians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Education, and Industry are also considered important, while International Aid is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Greater Aslough. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 30.6%.

The powerhouse Aivintian economy, worth 250 trillion Crowns a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Trout Farming. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 109,059 Crowns, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 413,963 per year while the poor average 19,940, a ratio of 20.8 to 1.

A cyber-war between file sharers and the music industry formats hard drives across the country, student exchange programs are in trouble as everyone wants to leave but no-one wants to come, a handful of megacorporations own every "craft brewery" in the nation, and every new toxic waste dump comes with a seal of approval from the government's science advisor. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aivintis's national animal is the wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is the Order of Enlightenment.

Aivintis is ranked 23,773rd in the world and 669th in The East Pacific for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring 12,933.98 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 3,126thMost Influential: 5,142ndTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 9,812thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10,422ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,022ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,537thHighest Disposable Incomes: 12,044thMost Corrupt Governments: 14,416thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,579thMost Conservative: 17,817th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 107th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 243rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 271st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 274th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 278th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 321st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 359th in the regionMost Influential: 364th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 410th in the regionLargest Black Market: 449th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 460th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 669th in the regionMost Devout: 682nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 685th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 693rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 769th in the region

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