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The Astorian Dominion of Aelitia

“Patria me Defendit”

Category: Iron Fist Socialists
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The East Pacific



Population16.397 billion

LeaderHis Extreme Highness Melodom


The Astorian Dominion of Aelitia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by His Extreme Highness Melodom with an iron fist, and renowned for its daily referendums, parental licensing program, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 16.397 billion Aelitians are ruled with an iron fist by the socialist government, which grants its people the freedom to do whatever they like so long as it doesn't involve getting richer than anybody else or challenging the government.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Visaelitia. The average income tax rate is 92.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Aelitian economy, worth a remarkable 1,437 trillion Donclattes a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is mostly made up of the Tourism industry. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 87,678 Donclattes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

A new guerrilla marketing campaign for tap water involves government agents spraying random citizens with hose water, the military is slashing spending on conventional arms and diverting it to spending on prosthetic arms, His Extreme Highness Melodom has taken to wearing medal-adorned military uniform in all public appearances, and 10-year-olds who struggle with integrating by parts are considered slow learners. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aelitia's national animal is the Valkyrie, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Aelitia is ranked 40,764th in the world and 1,194th in The East Pacific for Highest Average Incomes, with 87,678.42 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,293rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,312thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,412thBest Weather: 4,648thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,926thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,030thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,833rdMost Advanced Public Education: 5,953rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,085thSafest: 7,926thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,319thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,518thHealthiest Citizens: 8,775thTop
Largest Populations: 10,352ndMost Subsidized Industry: 10,488thHighest Economic Output: 11,148thMost Cultured: 11,171stMost Influential: 11,709thLargest Governments: 12,596thMost Valuable International Artwork: 13,931stLowest Crime Rates: 14,220thMost Pacifist: 17,795thSmartest Citizens: 18,000thMost Developed: 18,069th
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 57th in the regionLargest Populations: 72nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 72nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 74th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 85th in the regionBest Weather: 137th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 147th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 155th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 155th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 175th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 176th in the regionSafest: 250th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 250th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 250th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 256th in the regionMost Cultured: 281st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 284th in the regionLargest Governments: 308th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 403rd in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 463rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 471st in the regionMost Developed: 510th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 521st in the regionMost Influential: 585th in the regionMost Pacifist: 709th in the regionMost Secular: 733rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 808th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Aelitia's influence in The East Pacific fell from "Shoeshiner" to "Sprat".
  • : Aelitia's influence in The East Pacific fell from "Page" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Aelitia's influence in The East Pacific fell from "Squire" to "Page".
  • : Aelitia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Aelitia's influence in The East Pacific rose from "Zero" to "Squire".
  • : Aelitia relocated from Osiris to The East Pacific.
  • : Aelitia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Aelitia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Aelitia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Aelitia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare and the Top 5% for Largest Populations.


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