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Most Scientifically Advanced: 8,448thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,735thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,108th
The Divine Island Kingdom of
Father Knows Best State
May The Sword Of Aschente Protect us And The Islands
King Atticus
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Aschente

Population12.457 billion

CapitalStormblade City
LeaderKing Atticus
FaithAtheism

CurrencyRuby
AnimalDragon

The Divine Island Kingdom of Aschente is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by King Atticus with an iron fist, and notable for its public floggings, unlimited-speed roads, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 12.457 billion Aschenteans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stormblade City. The average income tax rate is 60.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Aschentean economy, worth a remarkable 1,648 trillion Rubies a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 132,366 Rubies, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

New pilots are regularly reminded that they are more expendable than their planes, busy commuters no longer hear the cries of "I want some more!" on the nation's streets, citizens can only enjoy the splendor of the natural world in designated 'Majesty Appreciation' zones, and the single fish caught by Aschentean fishers last year is cited as evidence of Aschente's thriving fisheries. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aschente's national animal is the Dragon and its national religion is Atheism.

Aschente is ranked 19,420th in the world and 174th in 10000 Islands for Most Patriotic, with 34.99 flags saluted per person per day.

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 8,448thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,735thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,108thHighest Economic Output: 11,960thTop
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Most Developed: 13,881stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,681stHighest Poor Incomes: 14,800thMost Secular: 16,113thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,032ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17,096thMost Efficient Economies: 18,045thLowest Crime Rates: 18,285thMost Patriotic: 19,420thLongest Average Lifespans: 19,953rdSmartest Citizens: 20,781stHighest Average Incomes: 20,796thMost Corrupt Governments: 21,981stMost Influential: 24,313thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 24,810thLargest Populations: 25,487thLargest Welfare Programs: 25,758thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 25,828thMost Subsidized Industry: 26,499thLargest Governments: 26,507thMost Advanced Public Education: 26,565th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 137th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 141st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 147th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 147th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 153rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 168th in the region

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