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The Republic of Ashlem

Population423 million



The Kingdom of The Republic of Ashlem is a huge, cultured nation, notable for its museums and concert halls, anti-smoking policies, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 423 million Ashlemians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Arkadia. The average income tax rate is 66.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Ashlemian economy, worth 14.8 trillion Dollars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Cheese Exports, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 34,911 Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The citizenship exam requires years of study to actually pass, people who stay late at the office often come home to find their own funeral being planned, sales of disinfectant wipes have skyrocketed, and carrots are orange, apples are red and food waste is increasing. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Republic of Ashlem's national animal is the Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

The Republic of Ashlem is ranked 188,724th in the world and 1,921st in 10000 Islands for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -7.1 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 10,106thMost Pacifist: 10,181stMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,229thTop
Safest: 13,788thMost Compassionate Citizens: 15,789thNicest Citizens: 16,253rdMost Income Equality: 17,657thHealthiest Citizens: 20,589th
Most Income Equality: 185th in the regionMost Pacifist: 201st in the region

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