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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,184thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,394thMost Influential: 3,870th
The Republic of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Strength Through Freedom
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Aresten

Population1.492 billion

CurrencyLira
Animalsnow leopard

The Republic of Aresten is a massive, genial nation, renowned for its keen interest in outer space, daily referendums, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.492 billion Arestenians 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. The average income tax rate is 85.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Arestenian economy, worth 153 trillion Lire a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 102,889 Lire, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The standardised national curriculum requires that all-male classes be taught why they have periods, airplane passengers who purchase "basic economy" tickets are often assigned seats in the lavatory, cyclists spend more time unlocking their bicycles than they do cycling, and history textbook pages are used as impromptu tissues by distraught students. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aresten's national animal is the snow leopard, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Aresten is ranked 155,702nd in the world and 5,061st in the South Pacific for Highest Drug Use, scoring 48.8 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,184thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,394thTop
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Most Influential: 3,870thMost Pacifist: 4,508thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,736thBest Weather: 5,330thSafest: 6,069thNicest Citizens: 6,512thHealthiest Citizens: 6,520thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,534thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,846thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,610thMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,136thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,739thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,277thMost Inclusive: 9,335thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,823rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 10,013thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,618thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,637thLowest Crime Rates: 11,657thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,748thTop
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Most Developed: 12,200thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,719thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,920thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,888thSmartest Citizens: 15,579thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,996thLargest Governments: 16,677thMost Subsidized Industry: 19,022ndMost Income Equality: 20,182ndMost Cultured: 20,197thMost Secular: 20,515th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 76th in the regionTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 141st in the regionMost Pacifist: 161st in the regionBest Weather: 179th in the regionSafest: 206th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 208th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 224th in the regionNicest Citizens: 228th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 234th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 244th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 262nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 284th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 292nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 297th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 310th in the regionMost Inclusive: 328th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 338th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 342nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 356th in the regionMost Developed: 368th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 391st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 397th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 406th in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 435th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 473rd in the regionMost Influential: 480th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 480th in the regionLargest Governments: 485th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 491st in the regionMost Cultured: 579th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 655th in the regionMost Secular: 713th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 809th in the regionMost Income Equality: 818th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Aresten, history textbook pages are used as impromptu tissues by distraught students.
  • : Aresten was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Aresten, cyclists spend more time unlocking their bicycles than they do cycling.
  • : Following new legislation in Aresten, airplane passengers who purchase "basic economy" tickets are often assigned seats in the lavatory.
  • : Following new legislation in Aresten, the standardised national curriculum requires that all-male classes be taught why they have periods.
  • : Aresten was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Following new legislation in Aresten, the government has an entire department dedicated to staring at microscopes and writing down letters.
  • : Following new legislation in Aresten, atheists in the nation feel uneasy living in buildings where they were once vilified.
  • : Following new legislation in Aresten, Leader's office is running a trade deficit of midnight oil.
  • : Following new legislation in Aresten, grocery stores can be audibly identified by the giggling emerging from them.

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