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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 351st Most Armed: 466th Highest Crime Rates: 501st
The Green Nation of
Democratic Socialists
Nzappa Zap
Older Pig
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Good

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Aestorn

Population3.368 billion

CapitalGipi
LeaderOlder Pig
FaithAtheism

Currencycoin
Animalhuman

The Green Nation of Aestorn is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Older Pig with an even hand, and renowned for its smutty television, frequent executions, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The compassionate population of 3.368 billion Aestornians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gipi. The average income tax rate is 87.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Aestornian economy, worth 235 trillion coins a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, extremely specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing and Cheese Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 69,787 coins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

The government is giving peace a chance, surveillance cameras are banned, party affiliation is just as irrelevant as campaign promises, and sea side cafes are required by law to close during summer. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Aestorn's national animal is the human, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheism.

Aestorn is ranked 156,379th in the world and 192nd in New Western Empire for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -16.76 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 351stMost Armed: 466thHighest Crime Rates: 501stMost Advanced Public Education: 566thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,023rdBest Weather: 1,411thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,460thTop
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Rudest Citizens: 1,865thMost Influential: 3,204thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,577thLargest Black Market: 3,669thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,272ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,465thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,130thMost Inclusive: 5,720thNicest Citizens: 5,819thMost Secular: 7,115thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 9,244thMost Developed: 11,143rdMost Subsidized Industry: 11,255thLeast Corrupt Governments: 11,638thMost Cultured: 12,421stSmartest Citizens: 12,972ndNudest: 14,199th
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Most Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 9th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10th in the regionTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 12th in the regionRudest Citizens: 14th in the regionNudest: 20th in the regionMost Secular: 20th in the region

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