by Max Barry

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 292ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 323rdBest Weather: 332nd
The Holy Green Woods of
Left-wing Utopia
Libertas aut mortem
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population14.432 billion

LeaderMaraja Alara


The Holy Green Woods of Ashrah is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Maraja Alara with a fair hand, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, hatred of cheese, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 14.432 billion Ashrahians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Alabra. The average income tax rate is 99.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Ashrahian economy, worth a remarkable 2,625 trillion Seys a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 181,901 Seys, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

When electric cars arrived nobody heard them coming, legislators work 24/7 due to an influx of single-issue bills, endangered species face obesity instead of extinction, and lawyers spend as much time preparing their make-up as they do their briefs. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ashrah's national animal is the hawk, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Ashrah is ranked 1,734th in the world and 34th in Forest for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 20,646.39 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 292ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 323rdBest Weather: 332ndMost Pacifist: 366thMost Compassionate Citizens: 382ndNicest Citizens: 413thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 426thMost Rebellious Youth: 439thLargest Welfare Programs: 543rdMost Beautiful Environments: 543rdSafest: 587thMost Developed: 627thHealthiest Citizens: 656thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 672ndLongest Average Lifespans: 705thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 712thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 745thMost Cheerful Citizens: 987thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,211thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,278thMost Inclusive: 1,374thLargest Governments: 1,621stMost Advanced Public Education: 1,734thSmartest Citizens: 2,039thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 3,422ndMost Cultured: 3,725thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,025thMost Influential: 4,855thMost Secular: 4,934thLowest Crime Rates: 5,052ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,189thHighest Economic Output: 5,717thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,883rdLargest Publishing Industry: 6,638thHighest Average Incomes: 8,632ndMost Efficient Economies: 9,336thNudest: 11,773rdTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,213thHighest Drug Use: 16,020thLargest Populations: 17,090thMost Income Equality: 19,520thLargest Information Technology Sector: 23,034th
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 7th in the regionNicest Citizens: 7th in the regionSafest: 7th in the regionMost Pacifist: 8th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 8th in the regionMost Developed: 8th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 10th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 10th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13th in the regionBest Weather: 14th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 18th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 19th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 22nd in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 25th in the regionMost Inclusive: 28th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 28th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 31st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 33rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 34th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 34th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 35th in the regionNudest: 44th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 45th in the regionLargest Populations: 46th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 47th in the regionMost Secular: 48th in the region

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