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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 740thMost Influential: 1,159thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,647th
The Federation of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Ephem

Population2.336 billion

CapitalLeviathan
LeaderCamus
FaithNone

CurrencyPtah
AnimalPenguin

The Federation of Ephem is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Camus with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, smutty television, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 2.336 billion Ephemians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government prioritizes Education, with Administration, Healthcare, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Leviathan. The average income tax rate is 79.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ephemian economy, worth 271 trillion Ptahs a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming, Tourism, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 116,012 Ptahs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Badminton was recently banned due to 'unacceptable violence' inherent to the game, corporations cut costs by taking away safety-features on their products, praying before a battle is a court-martial offence, and journalists often nap through tedious police press briefings. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ephem's national animal is the Penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is None.

Ephem is ranked 11,765th in the world and 357th in The East Pacific for Most Eco-Friendly Governments, scoring 5,365.1 on the Dolphin Recycling Awareness Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 740thMost Influential: 1,159thTop
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,647thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,908thSafest: 4,977thMost Pacifist: 7,058thBest Weather: 7,444thHealthiest Citizens: 7,530thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,691stMost Developed: 8,159thLowest Crime Rates: 8,410thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,478thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,589thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,596thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,208thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,508thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,925thNicest Citizens: 11,231stSmartest Citizens: 11,622ndTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,765thMost Secular: 12,039thMost Inclusive: 12,481stMost Cultured: 12,835thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,118thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,478thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,450thHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,934thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,260thMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,090thLargest Governments: 17,274thMost Efficient Economies: 20,877th
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Most Influential: 44th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 45th in the regionTop
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Least Corrupt Governments: 133rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 139th in the regionSafest: 160th in the regionBest Weather: 233rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 234th in the regionMost Pacifist: 235th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 240th in the regionMost Developed: 245th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 257th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 258th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 277th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 281st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 308th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 325th in the regionMost Cultured: 341st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 355th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 357th in the regionNicest Citizens: 372nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 381st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 385th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 398th in the regionMost Inclusive: 403rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 408th in the regionMost Secular: 419th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 486th in the regionLargest Governments: 501st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 511th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 584th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 598th in the regionRudest Citizens: 653rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 701st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 740th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 818th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ephem was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, journalists often nap through tedious police press briefings.
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, praying before a battle is a court-martial offence.
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, corporations cut costs by taking away safety-features on their products.
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, badminton was recently banned due to 'unacceptable violence' inherent to the game.
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, the government is notorious for leaving citizens with almost nothing from their inheritance.
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, large areas of Ephem are not accessible by the public.
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, 'To Regulate And Beyond' is the unofficial motto of the Ephemian Space Agency.
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, teenagers performing appendectomies on their friends has become a popular schoolyard prank.
  • : Following new legislation in Ephem, Leviathan's iconic yellow taxis are nowhere to be seen.

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World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 221 » Pakitsk, Euricanis, Todd McCloud, Stellar Colonies, Marrabuk, Zukchiva, New Bradenia Ghost, Mays Austrian Nation, Lingu, Samaltak True, Elejamie, Dark Edgyness, Brotherland, Wiranath, Luisagna, CANZUK 1, Chria Deau, Barfleur, Tassirion, Pizza devil cat, Plazland, Nossepachina, Servants of Gizmo, Wizardonia, Ripsylvania, Lanagon, Asendavia, VW53Aland, Azureano, Hexyia, Dorles, Roliganistan, Rainbow Vests, Republic of Berzerkistan, Adavan, Rokaku, Narinoland, The Empire of Rijelv, Firenation91, Slonful, Drunken Seal Islands, Kianhua, Tshana, United China Nation, Sojaristan, Spicymemeballs, Centrical Union, Seri Tai Republic, BearStackof2015, New Liberitad, and 171 others.Santa Dystopia, Merlovich, Cymru Broadcasters, Talitoa, Imperial Akatsuki, East Malaysia, Hokolokia, Cameronia Excellentia, New Amerindia, Monteconstance, Turbo Bolt, Savorca, Sen Jast, Our Gods, Zulkig, BuciLand, Bai Lung, Enlil, Taurora, Komiker Mawrysharken, Impia Aghte, Freedomindia, Noreds Thereneuthene, Moewland, Dragonia, Iodinia, Ribanzi, Dratava, West Akhzaristan, Liberstankonia, Lyontisia, La xinga, H-Zhena, Kaigi, Belora Gyles, Harro Waarudho, Kristanya, New Leganes, A Slanted Black Stripe, North Insomnia, Staynes, Tretrid, Survivoristan, Arcanama, Monezambique, ReeK, Davinhia, Kalaratri, Trulu, Dannemarie, Kucia, Eagas, Federated States of Zootron, Slys Paws, The Solar Ottomans, Sovietsoyuz, Evrigenis, Southern Yugoslavia, Holy Alasia Orozen, Arouran, Headpat Central, Serfvarden, Biggstonia, Yuritoria, ReReReRepublic, Unger under over, The Soviet Space Commie Union, Wanabe, Wisdoms and Knowledges, Adioration, Kangarawa, Fellon, Joundia, The Eternal Land of Jong, HinduRashtr, The Almighty Country, Aeljae, Rhealaliit, CopyCato, Kublam, Khvetsch, Cacnesia, Gemlon, Nifalembria Zamingstan, Ridann, Propwash, Enou, Raneve Brusertheatel, Greater New Cassandra, Trimmania, Khadah, Outer Verron Swicia Islands, Goodnamesarerare, Slongs, 3 14159265358979323846264, FreedomIand, Airrajul, Broengtopia, Axdel, A mean old man, Valkyron Union, Roissyland, Kagorg Bra Corna, Sansangra, Socialist Holy American Empire, Technocraticofgivus, Abtracnt, Dragons Blood, Citergue, Janoobi Jazair, EnderShnovia, Libertanny, Zang0, Edmontia, ArenaC, Horn of Havenkaap, Squid Ruinosa, Mahatakutana, Riveraland, Bullpups, The island of Kiria, Korktopia, Harmonic Yeetlandia, Reschaters, Impaxia, Nyanhai, Collective Individualism, Rhothstan, Conikslan, Free Nal Graakuo, Alttaea, Chrootangtonia, CheeseBurrito, Teocallintzin, Chols Worithopia, New Ailartsua, Bharatewa, Mog the Moogle, Dravida India, Great Aztlatan CommonWealth, New Mainz, Kriov, Republic of New India, The New Tace, An Unknown End, Quebec-and-Maritimes, Distro-Spartica, Coruh, Gunov, New Bobby, Oofery, Markhor, Modra, Acronis, Nevertopia, Wallenburg, South Azerbijan, Lanwa, Debluu, The Three States of Fortuna, Yelkinam, Layngderfleethe, EHTYCSCYTHE, Shugushogo Tada, Fradrildrun, Biingus, From New World, Vogar, BTProductions, Dryzia, and Aeoliah.

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