by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 934th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,785th Highest Average Tax Rates: 3,452nd
The Empire of
Father Knows Best State
Peace thru power
Emperor Aaron
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population3.468 billion

LeaderEmperor Aaron

AnimalBlack Wolf

The Empire of Ashist is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Aaron with an iron fist, and remarkable for its national health service, smutty television, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, cynical population of 3.468 billion Ashists 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 enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Imperium. The average income tax rate is 96.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Ashist economy, worth 483 trillion Credits a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 139,478 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Airplane passengers who purchase "basic economy" tickets are often assigned seats in the lavatory, police officers often head to work wearing onesies and fluffy pink bunny-slippers, employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams, and the skeletons of lost tourists litter the ground of the Great Ashist Desert. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ashist's national animal is the Black Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Ashist is ranked 14,276th in the world and 712th in The North Pacific for Most Cultured, scoring 99 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Most Influential: 934thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,785thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,452ndLargest Welfare Programs: 3,720thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,815thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,999thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,025thLowest Crime Rates: 4,319thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,525thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,553rdLargest Governments: 4,566thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,429thMost Developed: 5,600thSafest: 5,666thMost Pacifist: 5,996thMost Inclusive: 6,275thMost Secular: 6,301stMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,313thBest Weather: 7,370thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,513thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,595thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,615thNicest Citizens: 7,736thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,751stHighest Poor Incomes: 8,025thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 11,715thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,734thSmartest Citizens: 12,931stMost Cultured: 14,276thMost Cheerful Citizens: 14,702ndHighest Average Incomes: 14,900thMost Efficient Economies: 15,911th
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 116th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 123rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 137th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 139th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 140th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 159th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 172nd in the regionLargest Governments: 181st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 215th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 220th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 253rd in the regionSafest: 270th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 296th in the regionMost Developed: 301st in the regionMost Pacifist: 312th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 321st in the regionMost Secular: 345th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 355th in the regionMost Inclusive: 388th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 388th in the regionMost Influential: 389th in the regionBest Weather: 395th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 412th in the regionNicest Citizens: 420th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 425th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 433rd in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 622nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 659th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 672nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 679th in the regionMost Cultured: 712th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 736th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 742nd in the regionLargest Populations: 879th in the region

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