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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,133rdMost Influential: 10,814thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 17,394th
The Armed Republic of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Peace, Land and Greggs
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Good
Political Freedom
Few

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Arastovas

Population463 million

CurrencyLabour hour
AnimalBee

The Armed Republic of Arastovas is a huge, genial nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, ban on automobiles, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cynical population of 463 million Arastovasians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 68.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Arastovasian economy, worth 25.6 trillion Labour hours a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 55,297 Labour hours, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Running away is an essential part of the elite forces' hand-to-hand training, it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma, snooze factory is now prison lingo for rehabilitation center, and unemployed accountants keep double-entry ledgers of their benefit claims. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Arastovas's national animal is the Bee, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Arastovas is ranked 154,208th in the world and 199th in The Leftist Assembly for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring 3,470.67 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

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Most Influential: 10,814thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 17,394thMost Compassionate Citizens: 19,259thMost Secular: 20,939thNicest Citizens: 21,103rd
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 38th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 50th in the region

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