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Largest Gambling Industry: 132ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 139thLargest Retail Industry: 163rd
The Imperial Free City of
Capitalist Paradise
Sit Nomine Digna
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population13.529 billion

Capitalle Palais-Royal
LeaderThe Duke d' Bernhardi
FaithRoman Catholicism

CurrencyGold Aschenburg Crown
AnimalAschenburgarian Sailfish

The Imperial Free City of Aschenburg is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by The Duke d' Bernhardi with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, free-roaming dinosaurs, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 13.529 billion Aschenburgarians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, with Defense and Education also on the agenda, while Environment and Law & Order are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of le Palais-Royal. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Aschenburgian economy, worth a remarkable 5,364 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 significant contributions from Gambling, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 396,508 Gold Aschenburg Crowns, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,864,627 per year while the poor average 17,491, a ratio of 163 to 1.

Both diets and economic output are growing leaner with recent restrictions to free trade, the Treasury has been accused of flushing money down the toilet, the nation's most "productive" diamond mine hasn't been operational for seven months, and belief that The Duke d' Bernhardi is a lizard-person from outer space has reached an all-time high. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, 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, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Aschenburg is ranked 8,156th in the world and 238th in the South Pacific for Smartest Citizens, with 102.11 quips per hour.

Largest Gambling Industry: 132ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 139thLargest Retail Industry: 163rdHighest Crime Rates: 171stMost Armed: 192ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 201stRudest Citizens: 214thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 221stFattest Citizens: 226thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 253rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 275thMost Avoided: 282ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 303rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 369thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 517thMost Efficient Economies: 566thMost Corrupt Governments: 631stMost Valuable International Artwork: 655thMost Rebellious Youth: 852ndLargest Insurance Industry: 964thHighest Average Incomes: 975thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,041stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,053rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,140thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,230thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,293rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,384thLargest Mining Sector: 1,545thMost Influential: 1,673rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,068thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,123rdHighest Economic Output: 2,219thMost Cultured: 2,414thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 3,720thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,070thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,206thLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,562ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,842ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,008thSmartest Citizens: 8,156thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,371stTop
Largest Black Market: 15,954thLargest Governments: 22,465thLargest Populations: 22,822ndMost Pro-Market: 25,015th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 8th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 10th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 11th in the regionMost Avoided: 12th in the regionMost Armed: 12th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 12th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 13th in the regionFattest Citizens: 13th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 16th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 17th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 18th in the regionRudest Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 22nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 23rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 24th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 27th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 28th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 30th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 31st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 31st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 32nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 41st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 45th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 47th in the regionMost Cultured: 66th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 76th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 90th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 115th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 122nd in the regionTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 140th in the regionMost Influential: 151st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 170th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 207th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 224th in the regionLargest Black Market: 227th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 238th in the regionLargest Populations: 240th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 277th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 412th in the regionMost Stationary: 523rd in the regionLargest Governments: 608th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 864th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Aschenburg, belief that The Duke d' Bernhardi is a lizard-person from outer space has reached an all-time high.
  • : Following new legislation in Aschenburg, the nation's most "productive" diamond mine hasn't been operational for seven months.
  • : Following new legislation in Aschenburg, the Treasury has been accused of flushing money down the toilet.
  • : Following new legislation in Aschenburg, both diets and economic output are growing leaner with recent restrictions to free trade.
  • : Aschenburg endorsed The Republic of Gennaretia.
  • : Aschenburg was endorsed by The Republic of Gennaretia.
  • : Following new legislation in Aschenburg, the government has certified several glow-in-the-dark athletes as drug free.
  • : Following new legislation in Aschenburg, corporations donate huge sums of money to favored politicians.
  • : Following new legislation in Aschenburg, religious epiphanies are often cited as a reason for high school drop-outs.
  • : Following new legislation in Aschenburg, things are looking up for sentient toilet bowls.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 178 » Amerion, Tsunamy, Abarri, Anserisa, Hanguk-Nippon, Jehenna, Wehraboos, Sedunn, Bawkie, PenguinPies, West Pastafaria, Farengeto, Volaworand, The Worst army of, Kringalia, Beepee, Ebonhand, Holy Free, Mapico, Xandev, Marinho Islands, Shefino, Auphelia, Corgitopiaa, Laamiva, Nowa Europa, Land Without Shrimp, The naked people, Drystar, Darakin, The Solar System Scope, Ancient Slobovia, Nova Montron, Antarctic Empires, Bleakfoot, North Kanuckistan, Pax Dracon, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, Noire Denholm, Rebel-topia, Soem, Aidenfieeld, City States Nation, Walloonia, FreeFishers, Myness, Sandaoguo, Ralphburg, Drugged Monkeys, Andinla, and 128 others.Midand, Concrete Slab, Lioniel, The SpaceNeo-Goryeo Etymological Society, Myndia, Western Fardelshufflestein, Tepertopia, Tioloman, Phanama, Vulprecio, Yellunstryer, Doraya, Enlightened Australasia, Treir, Truskawkoland, Holota, Pencil Sharpeners 2, Arvan Irawer, Proctethia, Bohenia, Enplatia, NIGHTRAY, Westenhald, Freedoom, Noimosini, Herbert Island, Hong Kong Kowloon and New Territories, The Two Jerseys, Doundaly, Rectionk, Ragabania, Kaleidescooptopia, Beblahbleblo, Aoz, New Sanet, Danily, Linguiniland, Great Marsinia, Anatasha, Kiani, New Plant, Drew Durrnil, Skaladoria, Saciu, Damn Frigid Wastelands, Yaravia, Tyflugian, Steviland, Shuckle Empire, Centristvill, Aurcania, Uvalor, Gonrati, The Imperial Of Notsep, Silmad, Flaksis, Eflad, Immund, Cereskia 2, Ambirich, Andrendia, Piscantium, Arscanesia, Indolos, Ambitchous, Ostavaria, Malmsia, The Woragopiria, Raidener, The Haughtherlands, Erstavik, Achemar, Kanatian Percocet, Stephastan, Drvonia, Chernaya Zvezda, Banglazstrogaria, Sou Avida, Flumenvallis, Uunited Islands, Eltrora, Eleuthelrium, A Place Somewhere, Cucutenium, Makinius, Elora Nation, Ever Testing, Willing Mind, Nori Natto, Mavenu, Donat Invadia, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Bonobiana, Grunfelds, Ipugao, Venezia Pacifica, Wildweststan, Brazilian impero2, Zanforadon, Esterwood, Leighester, Oppalli, Paganan, North Pernambuco, Martiland, Leimarite Empire, New American Dictatorship, Great Lothian, Thezan, Nidon, Froshar, Auviantan Outh Islands, Baron Ungern and Tzar Nicholas, Alienware Keyboards, Cilibia, The republic of Konsa, TescoPepsi, Mnemnovia, Tyrantistica, ARIAPOLIS01, Bistritza, Comfed, Antwerpen1, Eae, Shadeth, No moking, Merevane, and Gennaretia.