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Most Ignorant Citizens: 1,085thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,605thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,754th
The Queendom of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Do What I Say Or I'll Bite You
Ada Rhyll
Influence
Truckler
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Astrun

Population6.35 billion

CapitalThe City of a Million Pigeons
LeaderAda Rhyll
FaithRabbitism

Currencyserran
Animalmarkhor

The Queendom of Astrun is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Ada Rhyll with an iron fist, and notable for its teetotalling pirates, pith helmet sales, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 6.35 billion Astrese 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, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Administration, Law & Order, and Industry also on the agenda, while Environment and Education are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The City of a Million Pigeons. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 74.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Astrese economy, worth a remarkable 1,076 trillion serrans a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 169,553 serrans, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 630,174 per year while the poor average 32,054, a ratio of 19.7 to 1.

Citizens who become homeless are immediately executed, mums always ask their three-year-olds for permission before hugging them, the military invades any neighboring nation with the gall to criticize its policies, and the nanny industry has had a boom after maternity leave was recently banned. Crime is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Astrun's national animal is the markhor, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Rabbitism.

Astrun is ranked 276,224th in the world and 22nd in The Axis of Evil for Nicest Citizens, with 0.19 average smiles per day.

Top
1%
Most Ignorant Citizens: 1,085thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,605thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,754thMost Avoided: 1,997thTop
5%
Highest Crime Rates: 3,264thMost Primitive: 3,483rdNudest: 3,501stLargest Mining Sector: 3,595thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,480thLargest Black Market: 4,759thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,075thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,343rdFattest Citizens: 5,536thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,861stMost Patriotic: 6,865thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,915thMost Secular: 10,150thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,782ndTop
10%
Highest Average Incomes: 16,539thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,290thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 21,959thMost Authoritarian: 22,219thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 22,548thLargest Retail Industry: 25,704thMost Conservative: 26,478thHighest Average Tax Rates: 27,447th
Top
10%
Most Primitive: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Astrun was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Astrun was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Avoided and the Top 5% for Most Primitive, Most Patriotic, Largest Black Market, and Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Astrun, the nanny industry has had a boom after maternity leave was recently banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Astrun, the military invades any neighboring nation with the gall to criticize its policies.
  • : Following new legislation in Astrun, mums always ask their three-year-olds for permission before hugging them.
  • : Following new legislation in Astrun, citizens who become homeless are immediately executed.
  • : Following new legislation in Astrun, Astrun is increasingly belligerent on the international stage.
  • : Astrun was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Astrun's influence in The Axis of Evil rose from "Nipper" to "Truckler".
  • : Astrun relocated from Lazarus to The Axis of Evil.

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