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Ast Sold

Population6.857 billion


The Republic of Ast Sold is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, smutty television, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 6.857 billion Ast Soldians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 73.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ast Soldian economy, worth a remarkable 1,065 trillion Dollars a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 155,389 Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Organised sports are frowned upon as frivolous, passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections, recent protests against birds flying too low have resulted in bloodshed, and politicians "baring all" for the camera isn't always a figure of speech. Crime is totally unknown. Ast Sold's national animal is the Dog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Ast Sold is ranked 3,733rd in the world and 10th in The Union of Democratic States for Safest, scoring 132.18 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

Least Corrupt Governments: 2,319thMost Influential: 2,771stLargest Publishing Industry: 2,959thBest Weather: 3,177thMost Inclusive: 3,446thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,638thSafest: 3,733rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,750thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,004thNicest Citizens: 4,138thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,430thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,671stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,892ndMost Rebellious Youth: 5,244thRudest Citizens: 5,469thMost Pacifist: 5,519thMost Developed: 6,217thSmartest Citizens: 6,467thHealthiest Citizens: 7,733rdLongest Average Lifespans: 8,093rdMost Advanced Public Education: 8,209thMost Cultured: 8,425thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,802ndNudest: 10,197thTop
Largest Governments: 10,750thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,878thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,693rdHighest Poor Incomes: 11,883rdHighest Average Incomes: 12,344thMost Cheerful Citizens: 12,556thLargest Retail Industry: 12,865thMost Stationary: 14,540thMost Politically Free: 15,123rdHighest Economic Output: 15,732ndMost Secular: 18,152nd
Most Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7th in the regionMost Influential: 7th in the regionBest Weather: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8th in the regionMost Stationary: 8th in the regionMost Developed: 8th in the regionMost Politically Free: 9th in the regionNicest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the regionSafest: 10th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 10th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 10th in the regionLargest Governments: 12th in the regionNudest: 12th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 12th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 13th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 13th in the regionMost Pacifist: 14th in the regionRudest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 16th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 16th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 17th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 18th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 19th in the regionLargest Populations: 21st in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 32nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 35th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 40th in the region

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