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The United Kingdom of Aetsveld-Aalstad

“Het volk boven alles”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The Leftist Assembly

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Aetsveld-Aalstad

Population2.03 billion

CapitalAalstad-stad

Currencyklinkels
AnimalAetsvelder-Lionmouthbird

The United Kingdom of Aetsveld-Aalstad is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its rum-swilling pirates, free-roaming dinosaurs, and daily referendums. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.03 billion Aetsveld-Aalstedelingens 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 Administration, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Aalstad-stad. The average income tax rate is 87.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Aetsveld-Aalstadian economy, worth 187 trillion klinkels a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Basket Weaving, and Tourism. Average income is 92,295 klinkels, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Tombstones are ten feet high to accommodate the names of inhabitants, the government is pouring money into 'Operation Enduring Democracy', citizens are encouraged to show displeasure with politicians by poking them with sharp metal sticks, and the nationalistic national anthem inspires citizens to literally spit at foreigners. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aetsveld-Aalstad's national animal is the Aetsvelder-Lionmouthbird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Aetsveld-Aalstad is ranked 233,066th in the world and 428th in The Leftist Assembly for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -13.53 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,289thMost Influential: 3,796thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,762ndMost Pacifist: 5,386thSafest: 5,466thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,142ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,149thBest Weather: 6,642ndHealthiest Citizens: 7,874thMost Cultured: 7,905thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,495thNicest Citizens: 8,831stLongest Average Lifespans: 8,919thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,992ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,195thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,565thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,924thMost Inclusive: 10,616thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,826thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,351stMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,418thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,901stTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 12,809thMost Income Equality: 14,697thMost Developed: 16,084thSmartest Citizens: 16,816thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,069thLowest Crime Rates: 17,211thMost Secular: 17,428thLargest Governments: 17,599thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,615thLargest Publishing Industry: 18,733rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 22,888thLargest Information Technology Sector: 23,812th
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 35th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 47th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, the nationalistic national anthem inspires citizens to literally spit at foreigners.
  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, citizens are encouraged to show displeasure with politicians by poking them with sharp metal sticks.
  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, the government is pouring money into 'Operation Enduring Democracy'.
  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, tombstones are ten feet high to accommodate the names of inhabitants.
  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, the government loves seeing the little people fight.
  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, animal liberationists receive government funding to break into animal research labs.
  • : Aetsveld-Aalstad was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, the mood of raunchy movies is often ruined by the sound of babies crying.
  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, space shuttles regularly launch rubbish into space.
  • : Aetsveld-Aalstad was endorsed by The Collective Syndicate of Thurston.

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