by Max Barry

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Largest Welfare Programs: 3,430thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,727thMost Pacifist: 3,859th
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Population13.894 billion

LeaderPeter Azurewind
FaithCult of Namis


The Holy Empire of Achkaerin is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Peter Azurewind with an even hand, and notable for its national health service, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cheerful, devout population of 13.894 billion Achkaerinese are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, with Healthcare, Welfare, and Environment also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Valtheim. The average income tax rate is 87.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Achkaerinian economy, worth a remarkable 1,296 trillion Isos a year, is highly specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 93,287 Isos, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Recent events in Dàguó have been classified 'for Peter Azurewind's eyes only', many marriages go virtually unconsummated, tax revenue is often intercepted by international accountants before ever seeing the national treasury, and it is illegal to brush crumbs off your clothing outdoors. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Achkaerin's national animal is the Fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Cult of Namis.

Achkaerin is ranked 103,024th in the world and 52nd in Independent Order for Most Extreme, scoring 17.99 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Largest Welfare Programs: 3,430thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,727thMost Pacifist: 3,859thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,143rdSafest: 5,344thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,365thNicest Citizens: 5,496thMost Influential: 5,645thBest Weather: 6,061stMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,221stLongest Average Lifespans: 7,610thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,767thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,857thHealthiest Citizens: 8,264thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,412thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,420thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,142ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,533rdMost Cultured: 9,557thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,591stLowest Crime Rates: 9,852ndMost Rebellious Youth: 10,062ndTop
Smartest Citizens: 12,068thHighest Economic Output: 12,577thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,851stLeast Corrupt Governments: 13,559thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,988thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,580thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,734thMost Devout: 15,780thLargest Populations: 15,807thMost Developed: 15,809thLargest Governments: 15,816thMost Stationary: 16,163rdMost Income Equality: 19,912th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionMost Income Equality: 7th in the regionSafest: 7th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 8th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 8th in the region

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