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The Third Empire of Asterguard

“No nation obtained greatness through peace” Emperor Helnut II

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: Lazarus

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Asterguard

Population3.071 billion

CapitalBerlin
LeaderEmperor Helnut II
FaithBanned by State

CurrencyGerman Marc
AnimalGerman Eagle

The Third Empire of Asterguard is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Helnut II with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, anti-smoking policies, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 3.071 billion Oberstuttens are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Industry, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Berlin. The average income tax rate is 75.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Asterguardian economy, worth 395 trillion German Marcs a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Basket Weaving. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 128,662 German Marcs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Liberals and conservatives try to disqualify each other's candidates on the grounds that "their ideas would never work in the real world", old folks reminisce about the last time someone was acquitted of a crime, owning a really cute pet is grounds for immediate investigation, and not showing enough enthusiasm for mutual assured destruction is a court-martial offence. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Asterguard's national animal is the German Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Banned by State.

Asterguard is ranked 72,638th in the world and 3,236th in Lazarus for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

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Most Secular: 4,894thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,089thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 7,950thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,078thLargest Black Market: 8,825thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,215thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,756thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,087thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,474thMost Efficient Economies: 12,122ndMost Developed: 12,382ndHealthiest Citizens: 12,866thLowest Crime Rates: 13,213thBest Weather: 13,687thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,897th
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Most Secular: 225th in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 385th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 390th in the regionLargest Black Market: 459th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 461st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 468th in the region

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