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Most Pacifist: 1,124thMost Influential: 1,158thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,889th
The Nationalist Imperial Kingdom of
Corrupt Dictatorship Well-Meaning Dictatorship
Tenno Heika Banzai
Empress Nigata Hanami
Influence
Unproven
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Asthea

Population4.382 billion

CapitalGriswall
LeaderEmpress Nigata Hanami
FaithPacifismic

CurrencyAstheans Dollars
AnimalAlio

The Nationalist Imperial Kingdom of Asthea is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Empress Nigata Hanami with an iron fist, and renowned for its prohibition of alcohol, punitive income tax rates, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, cynical population of 4.382 billion Astheanians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Griswall. The average income tax rate is 96.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Asthean economy, worth 707 trillion Astheans Dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism. Average income is an impressive 161,464 Astheans Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Suburban backyards are seized by the government and turned into national parks, the nation is ravaged by daily union strikes, the government is continually probing the galaxy in search of alien life, and the government recently donated a surfboard to an impoverished family in a landlocked region. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Asthea's national animal is the Alio, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Pacifismic.

Asthea is ranked 168,341st in the world and 5,381st in the Rejected Realms for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.16 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Most Pacifist: 1,124thMost Influential: 1,158thTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 1,889thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,953rdSafest: 2,187thNicest Citizens: 2,249thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,478thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,626thLowest Crime Rates: 2,720thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,750thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,874thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,041stHighest Poor Incomes: 3,041stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,089thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,146thHealthiest Citizens: 3,269thBest Weather: 3,440thMost Developed: 3,614thMost Inclusive: 3,777thLargest Governments: 3,975thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,367thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,426thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,479thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,950thMost Efficient Economies: 5,311thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,880thSmartest Citizens: 6,698thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,781stMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,039thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 9,298thMost Cultured: 9,480thMost Income Equality: 10,508thHighest Average Incomes: 10,800thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,931stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17,649th
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Most Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 25th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 42nd in the regionSafest: 45th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 45th in the regionNicest Citizens: 51st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 54th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 66th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 67th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 70th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 73rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 74th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 76th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 77th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 79th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 81st in the regionBest Weather: 84th in the regionMost Developed: 85th in the regionMost Inclusive: 92nd in the regionLargest Governments: 95th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 116th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 116th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 120th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 127th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 135th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 140th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 146th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 155th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 171st in the regionMost Income Equality: 175th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 221st in the regionMost Cultured: 230th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 267th in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 384th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 397th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 439th in the regionMost Secular: 457th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 520th in the region

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