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The Holy Red of Astrind


Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population4.221 billion



The Holy Red of Astrind is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Svenko with an even hand, and remarkable for its infamous sell-swords, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.221 billion Astrindians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The enormous, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Teneria. The average income tax rate is 92.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Astrindian economy, worth 451 trillion lire a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 106,853 lire, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

School plays were recently banned due to concerns of child endangerment, getting an autograph has become harder than ever, captains must wait until all rats are safe before jumping ship, and belligerent citizens shoot at passing clouds for 'violating their airspace'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Astrind's national animal is the penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Astrind is ranked 235,689th in the world and 9,529th in The North Pacific for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring -10.95 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 614thMost Influential: 986thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 3,492ndBest Weather: 3,621stMost Advanced Public Education: 3,959thMost Inclusive: 4,247thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,349thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,474thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,636thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,697thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,963rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,105thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,105thNicest Citizens: 5,314thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,830thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,012thHealthiest Citizens: 6,061stMost Developed: 6,265thMost Pacifist: 6,883rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,047thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,117thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,250thMost Secular: 7,334thSmartest Citizens: 8,714thTop
Largest Governments: 12,462ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,501stLowest Crime Rates: 12,600thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,653rdMost Cultured: 14,550thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,668thMost Income Equality: 19,282ndMost Efficient Economies: 21,471stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 21,592nd
Largest Welfare Programs: 176th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 184th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 198th in the regionBest Weather: 220th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 232nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 233rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 271st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 276th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 283rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 286th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 297th in the regionNicest Citizens: 310th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 358th in the regionMost Influential: 367th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 367th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 367th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 368th in the regionMost Developed: 389th in the regionMost Secular: 402nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 405th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 405th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 410th in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 493rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 517th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 611th in the regionLargest Governments: 633rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 679th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 695th in the regionMost Cultured: 750th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 766th in the regionMost Stationary: 800th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 950th in the regionNudest: 960th in the regionMost Income Equality: 963rd in the region

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