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The United Kingdom of Sasten


Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
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Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The North Pacific



Population21.412 billion

LeaderKing Renadt II


The United Kingdom of Sasten is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by King Renadt II with an even hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, state-planned economy, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cheerful population of 21.412 billion Sastennites enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The enormous government prioritizes Education, with Defense, Welfare, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Azarai. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Sastennic economy, worth a remarkable 8,268 trillion Ezrets a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is an amazing 386,158 Ezrets, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is hungry to spread communism beyond the nation's borders, UFO sightings are listed daily in the morning news, conscripts often volunteer for a second tour of duty so they can get a ticket to next year's Army Revue, and the government blames all suspicious phenomena on flying saucers. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sasten's national animal is the Leopard, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Secularism.

Sasten is ranked 7,710th in the world and 402nd in The North Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 6,883.58 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Largest Welfare Programs: 92ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 113thLargest Governments: 119thSmartest Citizens: 163rdLowest Crime Rates: 169thMost Cheerful Citizens: 179thSafest: 180thMost Advanced Public Transport: 186thNicest Citizens: 224thMost Efficient Economies: 225thHighest Poor Incomes: 244thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 245thMost Advanced Public Education: 263rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 276thMost Subsidized Industry: 284thMost Scientifically Advanced: 296thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 350thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 361stMost Inclusive: 365thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 387thMost Rebellious Youth: 538thMost Developed: 638thLongest Average Lifespans: 724thHighest Economic Output: 751stLargest Publishing Industry: 756thLeast Corrupt Governments: 894thHighest Average Incomes: 907thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 924thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,127thMost Cultured: 1,141stMost Pacifist: 1,302ndMost Secular: 1,752ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,853rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,217thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,257thTop
Healthiest Citizens: 2,441stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,349thLargest Populations: 6,420thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,795thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,710thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,414thTop
Most Influential: 11,955thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,304thMost Income Equality: 19,149thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 20,990thHighest Drug Use: 21,140th
Smartest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 6th in the regionSafest: 7th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 10th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 13th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 13th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15th in the regionNicest Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 16th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 19th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Inclusive: 20th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 23rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 31st in the regionMost Developed: 33rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 38th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 38th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 41st in the regionMost Cultured: 54th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 57th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 67th in the regionLargest Populations: 68th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 74th in the regionMost Pacifist: 84th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 105th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 109th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 133rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 156th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 162nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 328th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 402nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 425th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 589th in the regionNudest: 631st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 919th in the regionMost Income Equality: 963rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sasten, the government blames all suspicious phenomena on flying saucers.
  • : Following new legislation in Sasten, conscripts often volunteer for a second tour of duty so they can get a ticket to next year's Army Revue.
  • : Following new legislation in Sasten, UFO sightings are listed daily in the morning news.
  • : Following new legislation in Sasten, the government is hungry to spread communism beyond the nation's borders.
  • : Following new legislation in Sasten, barbers who trim a few inches of hair bill the government for their labor.
  • : Following new legislation in Sasten, space shuttles regularly launch rubbish into space.
  • : Following new legislation in Sasten, hospitals fear government fines more than terrorist ransoms.
  • : Following new legislation in Sasten, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings.
  • : Sasten altered its national flag.
  • : Following new legislation in Sasten, government fact-checkers use surprising amounts of high explosive.


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