by Max Barry

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The Empire of Astalen

“Science above Religion”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus



Population5.268 billion

CapitalMano Zate


The Empire of Astalen is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and notable for its restrictive gun laws, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.268 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 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 90.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Astalenian economy, worth 601 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 114,141 Goldsuns, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

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 capable 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 101,733rd in the world and 3,946th in Lazarus for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 300.13 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,655thMost Influential: 3,063rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,390thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,970thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,110thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,668thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,895thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,271stMost Pacifist: 6,308thSafest: 6,787thBest Weather: 6,836thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,508thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,641stMost Beautiful Environments: 7,744thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 8,460thNudest: 8,624thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,695thMost Inclusive: 8,911thHealthiest Citizens: 8,986thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,016thNicest Citizens: 9,349thLowest Crime Rates: 9,912thLargest Governments: 10,218thMost Cultured: 10,913thSmartest Citizens: 11,980thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 12,216thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,381stLargest Publishing Industry: 14,873rd
Most Influential: 78th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 81st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 229th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 238th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 254th in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 327th in the regionMost Pacifist: 348th in the regionNudest: 361st in the regionBest Weather: 364th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 371st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 385th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 410th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 412th in the regionSafest: 418th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 461st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 480th in the regionMost Inclusive: 488th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 501st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 503rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 513th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 513th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 519th in the regionNicest Citizens: 538th in the regionMost Stationary: 573rd in the region

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