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The Kingdom of Asterdel

“Blühe, vaterland!”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
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Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: New Western Empire



Population14.622 billion

LeaderBarbara Schraeder


The Kingdom of Asterdel is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Barbara Schraeder with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, smutty television, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 14.622 billion Asterians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Eidelvig. The average income tax rate is 98.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Asterian economy, worth a remarkable 3,174 trillion Marks a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 217,124 Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Barbara Schraeder is famed for giving great back rubs, mantis shrimp studies is academia's fastest-growing field, elementary school students are required to master Bach's Chaconne in D before graduation, and the horniness of the great-horned Bear is considered a national priority. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Asterdel's national animal is the Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity.

Asterdel is ranked 1,354th in the world and 3rd in New Western Empire for Most Developed, scoring 98.13 on the Human Development Index.

Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,002ndLargest Publishing Industry: 1,040thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,056thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,114thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,158thSafest: 1,233rdBest Weather: 1,278thMost Pacifist: 1,278thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,353rdMost Developed: 1,354thMost Efficient Economies: 1,365thMost Cultured: 1,406thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,475thHighest Food Quality: 1,575thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,689thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,942ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,962ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,003rdLargest Governments: 2,029thNicest Citizens: 2,065thSmartest Citizens: 2,069thHealthiest Citizens: 2,073rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,166thLowest Crime Rates: 2,268thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 2,458thMost Inclusive: 2,519thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,604thMost Influential: 3,630thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,347thHighest Economic Output: 4,547thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,145thHighest Average Incomes: 5,385thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,077thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,636thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,920thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,909thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,718thLargest Populations: 18,189thLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,852ndMost Secular: 19,127th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 7th in the regionMost Inclusive: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 10th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 11th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12th in the regionMost Politically Free: 14th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 18th in the region

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