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Best Weather: 397th Most Beautiful Environments: 920th Healthiest Citizens: 955th
The Nordic Fenno-Fascist Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship Fascist Dictatorship
Lord-President Marcus Sarasti-Varis
✠ Cancellarius ✠ / Imperial Minister of Truth
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population13.252 billion

CapitalGrand-City Kalevala
LeaderLord-President Marcus Sarasti-Varis
FaithFascist-Nationalist Protestantism

CurrencyGold Standard Imperial Fennomark
AnimalWhite Lynx Viri Septentrionalis

The Nordic Fenno-Fascist Empire of Atsuria is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Lord-President Marcus Sarasti-Varis with an iron fist, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, compulsory military service, and prohibition of alcohol. The compassionate, cynical, humorless, devout population of 13.252 billion Fascist Atsurians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Grand-City Kalevala. The average income tax rate is 95.9%.

The powerhouse Atsurian economy, worth a remarkable 1,371 trillion Gold Standard Imperial Fennomarks a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 103,502 Gold Standard Imperial Fennomarks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is reining in public spending, older citizens lament over the loss of law and order, the nation is ravaged by daily union strikes, and the institution of marriage is held sacred and strictly enforced. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Atsuria's national animal is the White Lynx Viri Septentrionalis, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Fascist-Nationalist Protestantism.

Atsuria is ranked 9,725th in the world and 6th in Fifth Empire for Highest Economic Output, with 1,371 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Best Weather: 397thMost Beautiful Environments: 920thHealthiest Citizens: 955thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 967thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 977thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,105thMost Pacifist: 1,122ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,128thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,255thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 1,581stLowest Crime Rates: 1,604thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,931stNicest Citizens: 3,596thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,740thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,051stMost Influential: 4,823rdMost Devout: 5,031stMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,366thLargest Governments: 6,964thMost Authoritarian: 7,466thTop
Highest Economic Output: 9,731stMost Inclusive: 11,647thSmartest Citizens: 11,747thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,299thMost Developed: 12,576thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,836thLargest Populations: 13,302nd
Longest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the region

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