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Most Pacifist: 1,863rd Most Compassionate Citizens: 3,044th Safest: 3,390th
The Southern Osean Kingdom of
Corrupt Dictatorship Well-Meaning Dictatorship
Endless Discovery
Queen Akari Emiko
Influence
Nipper
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Asthea

Population2.7 billion

CapitalGriswall
LeaderQueen Akari Emiko
FaithPacifismic

CurrencyAstheans Dollars
AnimalAlio

The Southern Osean Kingdom of Asthea is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Queen Akari Emiko with an iron fist, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, free-roaming dinosaurs, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cynical population of 2.7 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 93.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Asthean economy, worth 377 trillion Astheans Dollars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 139,641 Astheans Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Graffiti graces every city's streets, Eau de Trashcan has become a wildly popular perfume, space research funding has hit a recent high while several military bases are being closed down, and factories are regularly demolished to make way for low-cost housing areas. 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 9,830th in the world and 457th in The North Pacific for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Most Pacifist: 1,863rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,044thSafest: 3,390thNicest Citizens: 3,661stMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,771stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,159thBest Weather: 4,167thHealthiest Citizens: 4,295thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,646thLowest Crime Rates: 4,779thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,951stMost Subsidized Industry: 5,206thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,220thMost Inclusive: 5,232ndMost Advanced Public Education: 5,308thMost Developed: 5,363rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,623rdHighest Poor Incomes: 6,327thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,631stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,802ndLargest Governments: 7,166thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,858thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,139thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,588thMost Efficient Economies: 9,830thSmartest Citizens: 11,166thHighest Average Incomes: 15,291st
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Most Pacifist: 98th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 148th in the regionSafest: 181st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 189th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 190th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 214th in the regionNicest Citizens: 215th in the regionBest Weather: 230th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 232nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 235th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 239th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 247th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 260th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 269th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 276th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 285th in the regionMost Developed: 314th in the regionMost Inclusive: 318th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 325th in the regionLargest Governments: 346th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 354th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 366th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 446th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 457th in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 531st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 626th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 726th in the regionMost Cultured: 904th in the regionMost Stationary: 914th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 944th in the region

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