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Largest Gambling Industry: 234th Largest Soda Pop Sector: 304th Largest Retail Industry: 346th
The Free Merchant Archipelago of
E Mare Libertas
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population7.883 billion

CapitalPort Ascension
LeaderMerchant Governor Sir Charles Arkwright

CurrencyGold Aschenburg Crown
AnimalAschenburgarian Sailfish

The Free Merchant Archipelago of Aschenburg is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Merchant Governor Sir Charles Arkwright with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, smutty television, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 7.883 billion Aschenburgarians enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, although Education and Defense are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Port Ascension. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Aschenburgian economy, worth a remarkable 2,397 trillion Gold Aschenburg Crowns a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Information Technology, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 304,196 Gold Aschenburg Crowns, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,677,256 per year while the poor average 27,914, a ratio of 60.1 to 1.

Police officers catch up on their paperwork while handing their caseload to PIs, state media features lively debates such as whether pineapple on pizza is an acceptable topping, more citizens have access to Maxtopian Grass than clean drinking water, and cooking with water and baking soda is considered patent infringement. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Aschenburg's national animal is the Aschenburgarian Sailfish, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Aschenburg is ranked 3,559th in the world and 57th in the South Pacific for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Largest Gambling Industry: 234thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 304thLargest Retail Industry: 346thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 371stHighest Crime Rates: 425thRudest Citizens: 426thMost Armed: 440thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 447thFattest Citizens: 481stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 568thHighest Disposable Incomes: 584thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 653rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 748thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 902ndMost Avoided: 938thLargest Insurance Industry: 972ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,094thMost Influential: 1,155thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,396thHighest Average Incomes: 1,401stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,404thTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 1,677thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,701stLargest Mining Sector: 2,027thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,031stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,088thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,644thMost Efficient Economies: 3,559thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,690thHighest Economic Output: 4,177thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,303rdHighest Drug Use: 6,201stMost Cultured: 6,734thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,946thMost Pro-Market: 7,098thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,573rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,733rdTop
Smartest Citizens: 8,930thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10,235thLargest Black Market: 12,970th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 13th in the regionMost Armed: 13th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 14th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 15th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 15th in the regionFattest Citizens: 16th in the regionRudest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 21st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 21st in the regionMost Avoided: 22nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 24th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 25th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 29th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 30th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 35th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 36th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 37th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 41st in the regionMost Influential: 43rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 54th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 57th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 72nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 76th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 92nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 123rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 127th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 144th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 147th in the regionLargest Black Market: 175th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 195th in the regionMost Cultured: 202nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 204th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 256th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 257th in the regionLargest Populations: 283rd in the regionTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 364th in the regionNudest: 484th in the regionMost Stationary: 494th in the region

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