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The Archaic Revival of Death By Astonishment

“What do YOU think when YOU face the waterfall?” The Altered Statesman

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific


Death By Astonishment

Population2.1 billion

CapitalThe DMT Tunnel
LeaderThe Altered Statesman
FaithPsychedelic Shamanism

Currencyheroic dose
Animalstoned ape

The Archaic Revival of Death By Astonishment is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The Altered Statesman with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, museums and concert halls, and daily referendums. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 2.1 billion Consciousness Explorers hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, liberal, outspoken government is primarily concerned with Education, with Environment, Industry, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Law & Order and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The DMT Tunnel. The average income tax rate is 31.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Psychedelic economy, worth 192 trillion heroic doses a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Retail. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 91,544 heroic doses, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Political candidates who don't release their birth certificates are presumed to have been born in Maxtopia, increasing numbers of children in Death By Astonishment have different eye and hair color to their supposed fathers, the Psychedelic Arts Council pays teenagers to sit through opera performances, and cogitators and mass debaters are skiving off work to hang around the National Symposium Park. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Death By Astonishment's national animal is the stoned ape, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Psychedelic Shamanism.

Death By Astonishment is ranked 20,624th in the world and 1,140th in The North Pacific for Longest Average Lifespans, with 74.5 Years.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,231stTop
Most Influential: 2,013thHighest Drug Use: 2,527thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,990thRudest Citizens: 4,365thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,085thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,350thTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 8,262ndMost Extensive Civil Rights: 8,937thMost Cultured: 9,055thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,910thNicest Citizens: 14,113thNudest: 14,703rd
Highest Drug Use: 55th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 216th in the regionRudest Citizens: 257th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 285th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 309th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 311th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 366th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 448th in the regionNudest: 457th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 653rd in the regionMost Influential: 711th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 127 » Pallaith, Alunya, Notyoutopia, Sinelona, The Rhein States, Sjalmia, Siwale, Shibutani, Corfad, Territorio di Nessuno, Alesya, El Fiji Grande, Yaorozu, Landnovia, Shin-Hachioji, Loutsland, Ethnon, Great Bights Mum, Trillius, Xzavia-Hjar, Great Javadwipa, Glurponia, Dar es Saalam, North Bratislava, Guer Aike, Bearical, Test for a new hope, Amauri, Dreadton, Omnistria, Sundred, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Federation Terra Australis, Scientific empire, Tsardom of Leonlandia, Spartoptia, Sunto, Penrith, Kwaj, Koda-Land, Wineclaw, Rkainjel, Newpromisedland, Shadowrik, Zumlandia, Selfgradatude, Runeda, Frances Francis the First of France, Wilkshire, Vincone Cae, and 77 others.Kulgatha, Destructive Government Endorsing System, 1 very fast endotarter, Torakuen, Cuyan, Napnomadia, Utopicican, Makersaulache, Kasazzastan, Lindsaystan, PlanetPunk, Black Templares, Daiz, Princely Irbis, Valhalla123, Sockmanland, Empy, Abject Ludicrosity, Juggernautilus, Steampunk Ariel, New Bremerton, Sheldanada, Concordare, Maott, Zeternia, Tamgu, Orado, The Tampa Bay Rays, PotatoFarmers, Wisconsota, New Flos, Sil Dorsett, Pleroma Sans Romans, New Octicarg, Holy Oranz, Lanterkint, Youssath, Elder Realms, AlI and nino, Walist, Grimandia, Duerrlewang, New Duna, Minuda, The Discipled, Moisus, Jasminlandia, Fizban, Detrivania, The Iron Lions, Lesbian Femdom, Ibiscaton, David Davidson, Sea Ghost, Dramanian, Panama Coalition, Some Random TNP Nation, Quebekistand, Partax, Styrica, General COE, Frie Annium, The Stratosphere Islands, Votak Matim, Miruma, McMasterdonia, Delmak, Orven, Guslantis, Faircliff, Ponantine, Racoda, Great Robertia, Aratani, The Bureaucratic Territories, Moanapo, and Tellavinna.

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