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Most Scientifically Advanced: 394th Largest Cheese Export Sector: 563rd Largest Information Technology Sector: 761st
The Fifth Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Practice. Virtue. Harmony. Prosperity.
Influence
Handshaker
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Good

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Ashkera

Population9.314 billion

CapitalGalgatta
LeaderOversight Councillor One
Faiththe Shadow Path

CurrencySilver Note
AnimalAshkeran Tiger

The Fifth Empire of Ashkera is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Oversight Councillor One with an even hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, parental licensing program, and frequent executions. The compassionate, hard-working, humorless population of 9.314 billion Ashkerans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Galgatta. The average income tax rate is 90.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Ashkeran economy, worth a remarkable 2,810 trillion Silver Notes a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 301,754 Silver Notes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.4 times as much as the poorest.

Political speeches that drill deep into bureaucratic fine detail could be said to be a little boring, a bureaucratic fight over AIA cafeteria food expenditures has caused the temporary suspension of all agency counterintelligence operations, in a desperate bid for cheap airfare Ashkerans can be seen jogging in a rubber suit just before flying, and politicians are often found scavenging bins at night to supplement their income. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ashkera's national animal is the Ashkeran Tiger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is the Shadow Path.

Ashkera is ranked 767th in the world and 3rd in Union of Free Nations for Healthiest Citizens, with 34.43 Bananas Ingested Per Day.

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 394thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 563rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 761stHealthiest Citizens: 767thMost Developed: 1,251stLowest Crime Rates: 1,290thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,418thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 1,593rdSmartest Citizens: 1,647thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,674thLargest Governments: 2,105thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,164thSafest: 2,368thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,442ndMost Inclusive: 2,458thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,195thMost Cultured: 3,333rdLargest Publishing Industry: 3,589thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,631stHighest Economic Output: 3,711thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,145thMost Efficient Economies: 4,523rdBest Weather: 4,573rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,574thLargest Retail Industry: 4,881stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,103rdMost Advanced Public Education: 5,515thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,786thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,370thTop
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Most Stationary: 7,698thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,023rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,456thMost Secular: 8,573rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,951stMost Pacifist: 10,110thMost Average: 11,280thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,624thMost Influential: 11,743rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,011thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,797thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,896thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,875th
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Average: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionBest Weather: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionSafest: 6th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 7th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Pacifist: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ashkera, politicians are often found scavenging bins at night to supplement their income.
  • : Following new legislation in Ashkera, in a desperate bid for cheap airfare Ashkerans can be seen jogging in a rubber suit just before flying.
  • : Following new legislation in Ashkera, a bureaucratic fight over AIA cafeteria food expenditures has caused the temporary suspension of all agency counterintelligence operations.
  • : Following new legislation in Ashkera, political speeches that drill deep into bureaucratic fine detail could be said to be a little boring.
  • : Following new legislation in Ashkera, nephews and nieces of the monarch resort to begging from relatives in palace halls.
  • : Following new legislation in Ashkera, politicians always seem to take two steps forward then three steps back.
  • : Following new legislation in Ashkera, centuries-old marble buildings are being torn down and replaced with corrugated steel wind tunnels.
  • : Ashkera was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Following new legislation in Ashkera, religious households enthusiastically use whips in private.
  • : Following new legislation in Ashkera, funeral directors are frequently looking at their watches during funerals.

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