by Max Barry

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Most Secular: 1,040thMost Influential: 2,236thMost Armed: 3,144th
The Estral Republic of
Democratic Socialists
No better friend, No worse enemy
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population5.945 billion



The Estral Republic of Aizcona is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Jenderrega with an even hand, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, keen interest in outer space, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed population of 5.945 billion Estrans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Estra. The average income tax rate is 92.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Aizconan economy, worth a remarkable 1,023 trillion Txans a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 172,153 Txans, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's orphanages and maternity wards have been nicknamed 'the Killbot Factories', a death threat has replaced 'hello' as an official greeting in the nation, the legal system for the political class is completely separate from the one for normal citizens, and the nightly news reports prosaically on the government blindly throwing money at despotic kidnappers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aizcona's national animal is the Tiger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Aizcona is ranked 5,253rd in the world and 6th in The Western Isles for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with 37 valid endorsements.

Most Secular: 1,040thMost Influential: 2,236thTop
Most Armed: 3,144thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,901stHighest Poor Incomes: 4,781stLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,948thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,253rdMost Cultured: 6,077thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,081stMost Developed: 6,386thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,549thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,375thSmartest Citizens: 7,628thLargest Governments: 7,690thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,780thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,035thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,571stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,112thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,802ndLongest Average Lifespans: 10,059thHighest Food Quality: 10,075thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,369thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,506thHighest Average Incomes: 10,823rdBest Weather: 11,381stLowest Crime Rates: 12,373rdMost Patriotic: 13,466thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 14,200thHealthiest Citizens: 14,668thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 16,673rdLargest Publishing Industry: 17,846thSafest: 20,194thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,220thMost Inclusive: 20,307thHighest Economic Output: 20,595thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 21,541stMost Advanced Public Transport: 24,169thMost Income Equality: 24,474thMost Stationary: 24,831st
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 7th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 14th in the regionMost Armed: 15th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 20th in the regionMost Influential: 21st in the regionNudest: 22nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 23rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 24th in the regionMost Developed: 24th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 25th in the regionLargest Governments: 25th in the regionMost Cultured: 25th in the region

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