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Largest Gambling Industry: 190thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 233rdHighest Crime Rates: 267th
The Grand Royal Duchy of
Capitalizt Self-Congratulatory Merchant Bankers
Sit Nomine Digna
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population9.616 billion

LeaderGrand Duke Charles Von Bernhardi XIV
FaithRoyal Aschenburgarian Protestantism

CurrencyGold Aschenburg Crown
AnimalAschenburgarian Sailfish

The Grand Royal Duchy of Aschenburg is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Grand Duke Charles Von Bernhardi XIV with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, unlimited-speed roads, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 9.616 billion Aschenburgarians enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, with Education also on the agenda, while Environment and Law & Order are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ludembourg. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Aschenburgian economy, worth a remarkable 3,217 trillion Gold Aschenburg Crowns a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 334,622 Gold Aschenburg Crowns, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 990,541 per year while the poor average 88,788, a ratio of 11.2 to 1.

School teachers check the staff room for hidden webcams before complaining about rebellious students, schools offer a range of lessons in subjects as diverse as The Economics of Bullying for Lunch Money, octogenarian swimsuit models insist that they've still got it, and politicians' financial records are locked up tighter than the nation's Gold Aschenburg Crown reserves. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Aschenburg's national animal is the Aschenburgarian Sailfish, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Royal Aschenburgarian Protestantism.

Aschenburg is ranked 204,333rd in the world and 7,616th in the South Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -29.33 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Largest Gambling Industry: 190thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 233rdHighest Crime Rates: 267thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 290thMost Armed: 310thLargest Retail Industry: 340thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 361stFattest Citizens: 365thRudest Citizens: 401stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 448thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 466thHighest Disposable Incomes: 471stMost Avoided: 582ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 745thLargest Insurance Industry: 843rdMost Rebellious Youth: 1,137thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,249thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,350thHighest Average Incomes: 1,374thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,565thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,641stMost Efficient Economies: 1,729thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,834thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,843rdTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,087thLargest Mining Sector: 2,129thHighest Drug Use: 2,385thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,834thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,038thMost Influential: 3,207thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,261stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,267thHighest Economic Output: 3,767thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,278thMost Cultured: 5,049thLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,724thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,201stSmartest Citizens: 8,495thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,499thTop
Most Pro-Market: 13,639thLargest Black Market: 13,818thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,161stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 14,523rdMost Subsidized Industry: 14,947th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 12th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 12th in the regionFattest Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Armed: 13th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 15th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 16th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Avoided: 17th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 18th in the regionRudest Citizens: 21st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 32nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 35th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 37th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 38th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 41st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 41st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 42nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 43rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 53rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 69th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 71st in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 77th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 85th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 104th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 106th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 111th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 111th in the regionMost Cultured: 147th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 186th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 195th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 221st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 228th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 245th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 254th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 258th in the regionLargest Populations: 285th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 386th in the regionMost Influential: 394th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 430th in the regionNudest: 443rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 446th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Aschenburg, politicians' financial records are locked up tighter than the nation's Gold Aschenburg Crown reserves.
  • : Following new legislation in Aschenburg, octogenarian swimsuit models insist that they've still got it.
  • : Aschenburg was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Aschenburg, schools offer a range of lessons in subjects as diverse as The Economics of Bullying for Lunch Money.
  • : Following new legislation in Aschenburg, school teachers check the staff room for hidden webcams before complaining about rebellious students.
  • : Following new legislation in Aschenburg, inter-species marriages are ignored by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Aschenburg, it is common to still see adults with training wheels on their bikes.
  • : Aschenburg endorsed The Commonwealth of Phanama.
  • : Aschenburg endorsed The Queendom of Merevane.
  • : Aschenburg was endorsed by The Commonwealth of Phanama.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 126 » Madreia, Amerion, Tsunamy, The Filippinas, Abarri, Anserisa, Tepertopia, Eskvenn, Qvait, Yeldarbsland, Aumeltopia, Erinor, Pencil Sharpeners 2, Hanguk-Nippon, Crystal Creation, Barabarom, Jehenna, Wehraboos, Sedunn, Bawkie, PenguinPies, West Pastafaria, Qawe, Rabbitz, Farengeto, Sau Man Frescher, Volaworand, Vardanfel, The Worst army of, Greater Hyrulang, Moonshining, Kringalia, Beepee, Ebonhand, Holy Free, CzechoSlovakishMoravia, Elan Sleazebaganno, Mapico, Xandev, Marinho Islands, Compli, Lana Rity, Starsight, Baltenlands, Shefino, ChickenDome, Kandorith, Auphelia, Corgitopiaa, Kervanosia, and 76 others.LadyRebels, Laamiva, The Radanivans, Alaninia, Nowa Europa, West Fallows, Well F, Not Austria, Tsvetania, Land Without Shrimp, Japanese Federal Republic, The naked people, Drystar, Darakin, The Solar System Scope, Luddinlande, Ancient Slobovia, Nova Montron, Antarctic Empires, Si-topia, Bleakfoot, Pamela And Hepatitis, North Kanuckistan, Great Andora, Pax Dracon, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, Seliyan progressive Islands, Trepsit, Noire Denholm, PEPEP, Rebel-topia, Soem, Aidenfieeld, Utondara, Poopisiya, Spazzhole, Native Inhabitants of Antarctica, City States Nation, Walloonia, Linguiniland, Escevola, United States of Vietnam, Bergenu, Purple Hyacinth, Royaltica, New Briantown, Vincent Field, FreeFishers, Myness, Sandaoguo, Ralphburg, Drugged Monkeys, Kedjens, Andinla, Midand, Concrete Slab, White Bananistan, Djalia, Lioniel, Gonrati, The SpaceNeo-Goryeo Etymological Society, Nueva Alta California, Catillos, B H A R A T, Myndia, Namhines, Coadjuthen, Gecetesse, Efferalt, Western Fardelshufflestein, Terreno Travato, Delian Gol, Jazzfrezia, The Tecorogan Federation, Merevane, and Phanama.

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