by Max Barry

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Most Inclusive: 1,493rd Most Compassionate Citizens: 1,661st Nicest Citizens: 1,810th
The Democratic Republic of
Democratic Socialists
By The People For The People
President Joseph Schmoe
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population5.459 billion

LeaderPresident Joseph Schmoe


The Democratic Republic of Areast is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by President Joseph Schmoe with an even hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, daily referendums, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, cheerful population of 5.459 billion Areasteans 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, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Areastopolis. The average income tax rate is 94.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Areastean economy, worth 849 trillion arets a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 155,597 arets, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The voyages of obsolete star-trekking satellites on deliberate escape orbits are only just beginning, burial ceremonies have become as routinised as tax forms, class action lawsuits have gone up in smoke thanks to government interference, and hiding wrinkles with make-up is illegal. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Areast's national animal is the Bison, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Areast is ranked 164,877th in the world and 6,212th in The East Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -339.63 on the Hayek Index.

Most Inclusive: 1,493rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,661stTop
Nicest Citizens: 1,810thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,854thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,863rdMost Influential: 2,117thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,339thMost Pacifist: 2,432ndBest Weather: 2,493rdLongest Average Lifespans: 2,574thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,715thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,159thLowest Crime Rates: 3,423rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,554thMost Developed: 3,624thSafest: 3,850thMost Cultured: 4,342ndHealthiest Citizens: 4,374thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,484thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,587thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,602ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,768thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,041stHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,090thSmartest Citizens: 5,386thLargest Governments: 5,652ndMost Efficient Economies: 7,199thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,204thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,045thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,401stTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 9,291stHighest Average Incomes: 11,671stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,906thMost Stationary: 14,498thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,581stNudest: 16,381stHighest Economic Output: 16,807th
Largest Welfare Programs: 31st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 44th in the regionNicest Citizens: 45th in the regionMost Inclusive: 48th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 58th in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 65th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 71st in the regionMost Pacifist: 72nd in the regionBest Weather: 73rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 73rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 76th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 79th in the regionMost Cultured: 101st in the regionSafest: 106th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 106th in the regionMost Developed: 106th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 107th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 112th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 113th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 116th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 118th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 124th in the regionMost Influential: 131st in the regionLargest Governments: 131st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 143rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 152nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 156th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 163rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 166th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 175th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 219th in the regionMost Stationary: 221st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 231st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 263rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 307th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 308th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 320th in the regionNudest: 339th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Areast was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Areast was endorsed by The Holy Empire of Der Erste Orden der Sithari.
  • : Following new legislation in Areast, hiding wrinkles with make-up is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in Areast, class action lawsuits have gone up in smoke thanks to government interference.
  • : Following new legislation in Areast, burial ceremonies have become as routinised as tax forms.
  • : Areast was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "Democratic Socialists".
  • : Following new legislation in Areast, the voyages of obsolete star-trekking satellites on deliberate escape orbits are only just beginning.
  • : Following new legislation in Areast, artificial intelligences seeking exciting work are overcome with ennui.
  • : Following new legislation in Areast, it can be a real jungle in a modern courtroom.
  • : Following new legislation in Areast, there's nothing more gay than bleeding for your nation.


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