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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,233rdMost Influential: 4,807thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,876th
The United Kingdom of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Het volk boven alles
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Aetsveld-Aalstad

Population1.676 billion

CapitalAalstad-stad

Currencyklinkels
AnimalAetsvelder-Lionmouthbird

The United Kingdom of Aetsveld-Aalstad is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its museums and concert halls, otherworldly petting zoo, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.676 billion Aetsveld-Aalstedelingens love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Aalstad-stad. The average income tax rate is 74.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Aetsveld-Aalstadian economy, worth 133 trillion klinkels a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Basket Weaving, and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 79,697 klinkels, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens finish cleaning up after the annual National Treasure Hunt just in time for the next one, primetime re-runs of The Black and White Minstrel Show are a critical hit, the nation has opened its arms to an influx of refugees, and Leader's office is running a trade deficit of midnight oil. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aetsveld-Aalstad's national animal is the Aetsvelder-Lionmouthbird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Aetsveld-Aalstad is ranked 237,419th in the world and 444th in The Leftist Assembly for Largest Retail Industry, scoring -18.08 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,233rdMost Influential: 4,807thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,876thMost Pacifist: 7,298thSafest: 7,884thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,841stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,873rdHealthiest Citizens: 11,376thMost Cultured: 11,461stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,949thBest Weather: 11,997thTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 12,943rdMost Advanced Public Education: 13,957thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,046thNicest Citizens: 14,221stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,543rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 15,800thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15,871stMost Inclusive: 16,858thMost Secular: 18,012thMost Developed: 18,387thMost Subsidized Industry: 18,799thSmartest Citizens: 19,589thLargest Publishing Industry: 19,689thLargest Welfare Programs: 20,146thMost Income Equality: 21,454thHighest Average Tax Rates: 21,665thHighest Poor Incomes: 23,666th
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 14th in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 42nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 46th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, Leader's office is running a trade deficit of midnight oil.
  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, the nation has opened its arms to an influx of refugees.
  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, primetime re-runs of The Black and White Minstrel Show are a critical hit.
  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, citizens finish cleaning up after the annual National Treasure Hunt just in time for the next one.
  • : Aetsveld-Aalstad was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Cultured and the Top 10% for Highest Poor Incomes and Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, people reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight.
  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, preschools put children down for naps with milk, cookies, and a gruesome story of vengeance.
  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting.
  • : Aetsveld-Aalstad was endorsed by The Free Land of Shermani.
  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, people can't decide between preserving forests and buying print copies of 'Dogman Versus The Giggler'.

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