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Least Corrupt Governments: 4,457thMost Pacifist: 5,160thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,221st
The United Kingdom of
Left-wing Utopia
Het volk boven alles
Influence
Newcomer
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Aetsveld-Aalstad

Population3.646 billion

CapitalAalstad-stad
LeaderBenjamin II van Aetsveld-Aalstad
FaithAalanianism

Currencyklinkels
AnimalAetsvelder-Lionmouthbird

The United Kingdom of Aetsveld-Aalstad is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Benjamin II van Aetsveld-Aalstad with a fair hand, and renowned for its irreverence towards religion, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.646 billion Aetsveld-Aalstedelingens are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Aalstad-stad. The average income tax rate is 90.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Aetsveld-Aalstadian economy, worth 358 trillion klinkels a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 98,387 klinkels, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Kids looking for shark teeth have become ancient history, Benjamin II van Aetsveld-Aalstad is strangely popular with male politicians' wives, surrogate mothers are encouraged to refer to their wombs as 'rental space', and turnstile jumpers grow up to be tax cheats. 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, and its national religion is Aalanianism.

Aetsveld-Aalstad is ranked 15,660th in the world and 836th in Osiris for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 9,187.6 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 4,457thMost Pacifist: 5,160thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,221stSafest: 5,625thBest Weather: 5,960thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,463rdMost Cultured: 6,546thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,987thHighest Food Quality: 7,303rdHealthiest Citizens: 7,387thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,576thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,744thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,869thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,165thNicest Citizens: 8,368thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,595thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,966thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,039thMost Inclusive: 9,181stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,884thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,232ndMost Developed: 10,317thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 13,844thLargest Governments: 15,270thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,660thMost Secular: 16,150thLowest Crime Rates: 17,912thHighest Poor Incomes: 18,427thMost Subsidized Industry: 19,372ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 21,810th
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Least Corrupt Governments: 227th in the regionMost Pacifist: 243rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 245th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 275th in the regionBest Weather: 283rd in the regionSafest: 297th in the regionMost Cultured: 334th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 343rd in the regionTop
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Highest Food Quality: 367th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 381st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 409th in the regionNicest Citizens: 419th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 422nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 428th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 448th in the regionMost Inclusive: 472nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 482nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 502nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 513th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 532nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 559th in the regionMost Developed: 568th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, turnstile jumpers grow up to be tax cheats.
  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, surrogate mothers are encouraged to refer to their wombs as 'rental space'.
  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, Benjamin II van Aetsveld-Aalstad is strangely popular with male politicians' wives.
  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, kids looking for shark teeth have become ancient history.
  • : Aetsveld-Aalstad's influence in Osiris rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, the government is funneling billions into Cape Aetsveld-Aalstad following the shuttle crash.
  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, all you have to do is pray to get into Aetsveld-Aalstad.
  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, children grow up long before the paperwork for their lemonade stands can be sorted out.
  • : Following new legislation in Aetsveld-Aalstad, the explosive fireball of the disintegrating space shuttle has devastated Cape Aetsveld-Aalstad.
  • : Aetsveld-Aalstad's influence in Osiris rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".

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