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Most Secular: 5,167th Most Influential: 7,009th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 7,392nd
The Third Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
No nation obtained greatness through peace
Emperor Helnut II
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Asterguard

Population2.857 billion

CapitalBerlin
LeaderEmperor Helnut II
FaithBanned by State

CurrencyGerman Marc
AnimalGerman Eagle

The Third Empire of Asterguard is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Emperor Helnut II with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, daily referendums, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.857 billion Oberstuttens are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Industry, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Berlin. The average income tax rate is 75.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Asterguardian economy, worth 367 trillion German Marcs a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Basket Weaving. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 128,662 German Marcs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Liberals and conservatives try to disqualify each other's candidates on the grounds that "their ideas would never work in the real world", old folks reminisce about the last time someone was acquitted of a crime, owning a really cute pet is grounds for immediate investigation, and not showing enough enthusiasm for mutual assured destruction is a court-martial offence. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Asterguard's national animal is the German Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Banned by State.

Asterguard is ranked 17,293rd in the world and 36th in The Invaders for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 5,098.4 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Most Secular: 5,167thMost Influential: 7,009thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,392ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,993rdTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 8,279thLargest Black Market: 9,302ndMost Subsidized Industry: 9,414thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,931stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,342ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,641stMost Efficient Economies: 12,280thMost Developed: 12,656thHealthiest Citizens: 13,076thLowest Crime Rates: 13,529thBest Weather: 14,161stHighest Poor Incomes: 15,164thLargest Governments: 16,140th
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Most Influential: 2nd in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionBest Weather: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 10th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 11th in the regionMost Developed: 11th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 14th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 14th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 15th in the regionMost Secular: 15th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 16th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16th in the regionLargest Governments: 17th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 18th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 19th in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 22nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 23rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 25th in the regionLargest Black Market: 25th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 26th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 27th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 28th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 29th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 31st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 33rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 36th in the region

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