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The Republic of -Astoria

“To be, rather than to seem. | Tyh nil cwsa.”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
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World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: International Democratic Union



Population2.98 billion

LeaderPrime Minister Robert Paisley

CurrencyAstorian dollar

The Republic of -Astoria is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Prime Minister Robert Paisley with a fair hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.98 billion Astorians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Healthcare, Industry, and Administration also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Footscray. The average income tax rate is 58.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Astorian economy, worth 266 trillion Astorian dollars a year, is fairly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming, Basket Weaving, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 89,371 Astorian dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Census workers struggle to account for the rapidly increasing number of citizens to tabulate, third party candidates are now gaining some representation in Parliament, the government is spending millions on renovating the public transportation system, and Super Barry Brothers is the most popular video game in the nation. Crime is totally unknown. -Astoria's national animal is the quokka, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

-Astoria is ranked 47,877th in the world and 54th in International Democratic Union for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 58.64 Effective Tax Rate.

Most Influential: 4,188thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,529thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,564thTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 13,153rdNicest Citizens: 14,180thBest Weather: 16,058thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,064thMost Politically Free: 16,769thMost Compassionate Citizens: 16,795thMost Cultured: 17,487thMost Inclusive: 17,565thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,871stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,482ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,131stMost Pacifist: 19,248thMost Advanced Public Education: 20,027thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,156thMost Developed: 20,204th
Most Politically Free: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : -Astoria lodged a message on the International Democratic Union Regional Message Board.
  • : -Astoria voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Trotterdam".
  • : -Astoria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Legal Rights of Workers".
  • : -Astoria published "Embassy treaties" (Factbook: International).
  • : -Astoria voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Freedom to Seek Medical Care II"".
  • : -Astoria voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Frieden-und Freudenland".
  • : -Astoria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Wartime Journalism Protection Act".
  • : -Astoria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Mikeswill".
  • : -Astoria published "Posts of win" (Factbook: Miscellaneous).
  • : -Astoria lodged a message on the International Democratic Union Regional Message Board.


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