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The Divine Island Kingdom of Aschente

“May The Sword Of Aschente Protect us And The Islands” King Atticus

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Unproven

Location: the Rejected Realms

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Aschente

Population9.738 billion

CapitalStormblade City
LeaderKing Atticus
FaithAtheism

CurrencyRuby
AnimalDragon

The Divine Island Kingdom of Aschente is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by King Atticus with an iron fist, and remarkable for its public floggings, state-planned economy, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 9.738 billion Tech Mages are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stormblade City. The average income tax rate is 54.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Aschentean economy, worth a remarkable 1,298 trillion Rubies a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 133,366 Rubies, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock", going on a diet invalidates your passport, five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars, and things are looking up for patients accidentally prescribed erectile dysfunction medication. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aschente's national animal is the Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Atheism.

Aschente is ranked 86,695th in the world and 2,970th in the Rejected Realms for Largest Black Market, with 705 billion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 8,623rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,373rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,023rdTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,455thHighest Economic Output: 13,640thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,174thMost Developed: 14,644thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,750thMost Secular: 16,113thMost Efficient Economies: 17,513thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,876thLowest Crime Rates: 18,488thMost Influential: 18,503rdHighest Average Incomes: 18,563rdLongest Average Lifespans: 20,708thSmartest Citizens: 22,484thMost Corrupt Governments: 23,972nd
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 195th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 237th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 280th in the regionMost Developed: 306th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 318th in the regionMost Influential: 320th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 414th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 440th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 448th in the regionMost Inclusive: 492nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 504th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 512th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 515th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 518th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 532nd in the regionMost Secular: 543rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 562nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 579th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 583rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 590th in the regionLargest Populations: 641st in the region

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