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The Empire of Astalen

“Science above Religion”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus

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Astalen

Population7.009 billion

CapitalMano Zate
LeaderLeader

CurrencyGoldsun
AnimalAxolotl

The Empire of Astalen is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 7.009 billion Astalenians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mano Zate. The average income tax rate is 91.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Astalenian economy, worth 794 trillion Goldsuns a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 113,405 Goldsuns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

The "swords to plowshares" policy has created a generation of farmers that can kill a yak from 200 yards away, Leader is frequently seen begging critics to stop insulting the government, politicians who misplace decimal points on expense reports are fired for gross incompetence, and snap elections are called whenever there's a chance to increase Leader's majority. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Astalen's national animal is the Axolotl, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Astalen is ranked 4,013th in the world and 222nd in Lazarus for Least Corrupt Governments, with 95.35 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Most Influential: 2,740thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,092ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,407thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,013thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,105thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,982ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,146thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,909thBest Weather: 6,568thSafest: 6,841stHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,206thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,250thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,335thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,599thMost Pacifist: 7,931stLongest Average Lifespans: 8,029thHealthiest Citizens: 9,108thMost Inclusive: 9,525thLowest Crime Rates: 9,959thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,130thLargest Governments: 10,176thTop
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Nicest Citizens: 10,465thMost Cultured: 10,472ndNudest: 10,771stSmartest Citizens: 11,557thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,798thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16,349thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,954th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 74th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 77th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 222nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 226th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 230th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 301st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 309th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 334th in the regionBest Weather: 360th in the regionSafest: 384th in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 389th in the regionMost Pacifist: 402nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 402nd in the regionNudest: 406th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 418th in the regionMost Stationary: 424th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 437th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 456th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 512th in the regionMost Inclusive: 513th in the regionNicest Citizens: 521st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 532nd in the regionMost Cultured: 609th in the regionLargest Governments: 621st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 631st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 632nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 643rd in the region

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