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The Sovereign Rule of Aestorn

“Nzappa zap” Older Pig

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Regional Influence: Duckspeaker

Location: New Western Empire



Population8.667 billion

LeaderOlder Pig


The Sovereign Rule of Aestorn is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Older Pig with an even hand, and notable for its infamous sell-swords, absence of drug laws, and compulsory gun ownership. The compassionate, hard-working population of 8.667 billion Aestornians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous, corrupt government is primarily concerned with Administration, with Healthcare also on the agenda, while Law & Order and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gipi. The average income tax rate is 39.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Aestornian economy, worth 143 trillion coins a year, is extremely specialized and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing. Average income is 16,588 coins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Economic output is rising as the chronically depressed are persuaded not to burden society, the government has returned all business to private ownership, feeling like a winner comes at a price, and political gridlock ensues as even the most innocuous legislation is vetoed by the Supreme Court for potential civil rights violations. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Aestorn's national animal is the human, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheism.

Aestorn is ranked 1,616th in the world and 4th in New Western Empire for Most Beautiful Environments, with 3,658.21 pounds of wildlife per square mile.

Highest Crime Rates: 272ndMost Armed: 308thMost Rebellious Youth: 682ndMost Secular: 1,115thRudest Citizens: 1,142ndBest Weather: 1,462ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,502ndMost Beautiful Environments: 1,616thMost Influential: 2,441stTop
Most Avoided: 2,725thFattest Citizens: 2,991stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,058thLargest Black Market: 10,231stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,572ndHighest Food Quality: 10,978thMost Cultured: 11,395thTop
Most Inclusive: 13,779thMost Compassionate Citizens: 16,222ndMost Average: 16,729thMost Stationary: 21,724thNicest Citizens: 22,706thHighest Drug Use: 23,298th
Most Average: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 6th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 8th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8th in the regionMost Influential: 9th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 10th in the regionMost Avoided: 10th in the regionFattest Citizens: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Aestorn was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Aestorn voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Paid Leave Act".
  • : Aestorn lodged a message on the New Western Empire Regional Message Board.
  • : Aestorn was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Aestorn's influence in New Western Empire rose from "Handshaker" to "Duckspeaker".
  • : Aestorn's influence in New Western Empire fell from "Duckspeaker" to "Handshaker".
  • : Aestorn was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Black Market and the Top 10% for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Aestorn's influence in New Western Empire rose from "Handshaker" to "Duckspeaker".
  • : Aestorn was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Aestorn's influence in New Western Empire fell from "Duckspeaker" to "Handshaker".


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