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Largest Gambling Industry: 149thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 181stHighest Crime Rates: 221st
The Imperial Free City of
Benevolent Dictatorship Temporary Liberal State of Emergency
Sit Nomine Digna
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population11.285 billion

Capitalle Palais-Royal
LeaderThe Duke d' Bernhardi
FaithRoman Catholicism

CurrencyGold Aschenburg Crown
AnimalAschenburgarian Sailfish

The Imperial Free City of Aschenburg is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by The Duke d' Bernhardi with an iron fist, and renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, flagrant waste-dumping, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 11.285 billion Aschenburgarians enjoy great individual freedoms in everything except elections, which, where they exist at all, are populist shams for a dictatorship government that has no intention of ever giving up power.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, with Defense and Education also on the agenda, while Environment and Law & Order aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of le Palais-Royal. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Aschenburgian economy, worth a remarkable 4,070 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 360,675 Gold Aschenburg Crowns, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,520,748 per year while the poor average 55,427, a ratio of 27.4 to 1.

Exports are stamped with "made by the invisible hand you commies", the judicial branch is strongly influenced by major corporations, the military has had to quell a recent insurrection by uninsured revolutionaries, and citizens are less concerned with policy and more concerned with whether politicians "call 'em like they see 'em". Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, 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 Roman Catholicism.

Aschenburg is ranked 27,509th in the world and 284th in the South Pacific for Largest Populations, with 11.3 billion Capita.

Largest Gambling Industry: 149thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 181stHighest Crime Rates: 221stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 227thLargest Retail Industry: 228thMost Armed: 248thFattest Citizens: 276thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 281stHighest Disposable Incomes: 355thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 372ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 433rdMost Avoided: 441stRudest Citizens: 525thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 735thLargest Insurance Industry: 845thMost Rebellious Youth: 873rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 924thMost Corrupt Governments: 929thMost Efficient Economies: 1,099thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,155thHighest Average Incomes: 1,155thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,308thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,343rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,391stMost Influential: 1,671stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,747thLargest Mining Sector: 1,759thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,510thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,572ndHighest Economic Output: 2,976thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,289thMost Cultured: 3,461stLargest Publishing Industry: 3,844thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,091stLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,515thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,798thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,814thSmartest Citizens: 8,811thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,514thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 13,323rdHighest Drug Use: 15,634thLargest Black Market: 15,969thMost Pro-Market: 16,853rdMost Secular: 23,524th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 10th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11th in the regionFattest Citizens: 11th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 12th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 12th in the regionMost Armed: 12th in the regionMost Avoided: 13th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 13th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 19th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 20th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 21st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 21st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 27th in the regionRudest Citizens: 28th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 31st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 32nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 32nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 37th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 44th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 54th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 59th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 68th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 69th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 72nd in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 87th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 95th in the regionMost Cultured: 106th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 131st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 140th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 153rd in the regionMost Influential: 179th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 186th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 209th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 212th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 213th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 235th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 269th in the regionLargest Populations: 284th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 392nd in the regionTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 422nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 448th in the regionLargest Black Market: 565th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 797th in the region

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