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Most Advanced Public Transport: 89thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 142ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 172nd
The Kingdom of
Psychotic Dictatorship Fascist Dictatorship
Astros Above All
The Great and Honorable Leader
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Glorious Land of Astros

Population12.899 billion

CapitalCharleroi
LeaderThe Great and Honorable Leader
Faiththe Holy Church of the State of Astros

CurrencyAstra
AnimalAstrosian

The Kingdom of The Glorious Land of Astros is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by The Great and Honorable Leader with an iron fist, and renowned for its compulsory military service, strictly enforced bedtime, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 12.899 billion Astrosians 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 enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Healthcare, Industry, and Administration are also considered important, while Social Policy is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Charleroi. The average income tax rate is 98.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Astrosian economy, worth a remarkable 4,590 trillion Astras a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 355,866 Astras, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.4 times as much as the poorest.

The bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Charleroi, the government regularly reassures citizens that there are no monsters under their beds, hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework, and there is a heavy social stigma attached to e-cigarettes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Glorious Land of Astros's national animal is the Astrosian, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is the Holy Church of the State of Astros.

The Glorious Land of Astros is ranked 215,216th in the world and 6,640th in Osiris for Fattest Citizens, with 7.01 Obesity Rate.

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Most Advanced Public Transport: 89thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 142ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 172ndMost Corrupt Governments: 280thLargest Black Market: 310thMost Ignorant Citizens: 471stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 490thMost Subsidized Industry: 559thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 693rdMost Devout: 701stLargest Mining Sector: 751stLargest Insurance Industry: 951stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 974thHighest Average Incomes: 1,202ndLowest Crime Rates: 1,345thLargest Governments: 1,613thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,620thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,149thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 2,424thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,673rdMost Avoided: 4,067thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,373rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,520thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,758thMost Authoritarian: 5,875thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,213thMost Conservative: 6,743rdMost Primitive: 6,950thMost Efficient Economies: 7,364thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,069thLargest Populations: 21,848thMost Extreme: 21,976th
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionLargest Black Market: 15th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 16th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 20th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 23rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 23rd in the regionMost Devout: 31st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 35th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 41st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 49th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 50th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 51st in the regionLargest Governments: 53rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 78th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 84th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 121st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 166th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 187th in the regionMost Avoided: 212th in the regionMost Conservative: 216th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 224th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 227th in the regionMost Extreme: 241st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 309th in the regionMost Primitive: 309th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 331st in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 610th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 626th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Glorious Land of Astros, there is a heavy social stigma attached to e-cigarettes.
  • : Following new legislation in The Glorious Land of Astros, hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework.
  • : Following new legislation in The Glorious Land of Astros, the government regularly reassures citizens that there are no monsters under their beds.
  • : Following new legislation in The Glorious Land of Astros, the bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Charleroi.
  • : Following new legislation in The Glorious Land of Astros, turning eighteen is often referred to as the 'Age of Aquarius'.
  • : Following new legislation in The Glorious Land of Astros, baseball caps are the new fashion trend.
  • : Following new legislation in The Glorious Land of Astros, light entertainment shows are light on actual entertainment.
  • : Following new legislation in The Glorious Land of Astros, untold millions of Astras are going into a new government-funded maternity leave scheme.
  • : Following new legislation in The Glorious Land of Astros, every spring railroad foundations erode to reveal human remains.
  • : Following new legislation in The Glorious Land of Astros, homes have been banned from having any more than one wheel.

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