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Population4.209 billion

LeaderPrime Minister Robert Paisley

CurrencyAstorian dollar

The Republic of -Astoria is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Prime Minister Robert Paisley with a fair hand, and renowned for its irreverence towards religion, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 4.209 billion Astorians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Footscray. The average income tax rate is 71.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Astorian economy, worth 316 trillion Astorian dollars a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming, Basket Weaving, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 75,255 Astorian dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Census workers struggle to account for the rapidly increasing number of citizens to tabulate, third party candidates are now gaining some representation in Parliament, the government is spending millions on renovating the public transportation system, and Super Barry Brothers is the most popular video game in the nation. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. -Astoria's national animal is the opossum, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

-Astoria is ranked 15,096th in the world and 42nd in International Democratic Union for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 8,693.25 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most Influential: 4,003rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,925thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,124thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,254thBest Weather: 12,255thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,012thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,131stNicest Citizens: 14,621stMost Advanced Public Education: 15,096thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,013thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,855thMost Compassionate Citizens: 17,072ndMost Cultured: 17,555thMost Inclusive: 18,030thMost Developed: 18,865thMost Advanced Public Transport: 19,214thSafest: 19,318thMost Politically Free: 20,270thMost Pacifist: 20,328thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,712thLargest Welfare Programs: 21,278thSmartest Citizens: 21,871stLongest Average Lifespans: 22,394th

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