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Ephrath of Rephraim

Population4.226 billion


The Feminist Queen of Ephrath of Rephraim is a massive, cultured nation, notable for its daily referendums, compulsory military service, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate population of 4.226 billion Ephrath of Rephraimians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. The average income tax rate is 40.2%.

The Ephrath of Rephraimian economy, worth 234 trillion deniers a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Trout Farming, and Beef-Based Agriculture. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 55,563 deniers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.1 times as much as the poorest.

Leader's former secretary was last sighted on her new yacht, the government is deliberately installing bloatware onto computers, frequent fliers are obliged to submit to invasive security procedures by government security, and the Police Surveillance Unit's motto is "Gotta Catch 'Em All". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ephrath of Rephraim's national animal is the giraffe, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Ephrath of Rephraim is ranked 175,573rd in the world and 4th in Cyber City for Smartest Citizens, with 24.1 quips per hour.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 11,053rd

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