by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,684th Most Advanced Public Transport: 3,479th Least Corrupt Governments: 4,103rd
The Empire of
Left-wing Utopia
Science above Religion
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population4.709 billion

CapitalMano Zate


The Empire of Astalen is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, pith helmet sales, and frequent executions. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.709 billion Astalenians 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 government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mano Zate. The average income tax rate is 90.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Astalenian economy, worth 536 trillion Goldsuns a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 113,828 Goldsuns, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The "swords to plowshares" policy has created a generation of farmers that can kill a yak from 200 yards away, Leader is frequently seen begging critics to stop insulting the government, politicians who misplace decimal points on expense reports are fired for gross incompetence, and snap elections are called whenever there's a chance to increase Leader's majority. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Astalen's national animal is the Axolotl, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Astalen is ranked 154,276th in the world and 4,985th in Lazarus for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -13.89 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,684thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,479thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,103rdMost Influential: 4,159thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,245thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,118thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,082ndMost Pacifist: 6,408thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,444thSafest: 6,929thBest Weather: 7,051stHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,755thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,785thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,038thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 8,638thMost Inclusive: 8,967thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,973rdNudest: 8,995thHealthiest Citizens: 9,116thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,121stNicest Citizens: 9,445thLowest Crime Rates: 10,060thLargest Governments: 10,387thMost Cultured: 11,227thSmartest Citizens: 12,143rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 12,223rdHighest Poor Incomes: 13,721stLargest Publishing Industry: 15,186th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 81st in the regionMost Influential: 96th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 218th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 237th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 251st in the regionTop
Most Pacifist: 347th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 349th in the regionBest Weather: 356th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 360th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 365th in the regionNudest: 376th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 390th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 395th in the regionSafest: 409th in the regionMost Inclusive: 449th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 451st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 451st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 464th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 478th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 488th in the regionNicest Citizens: 499th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 518th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 525th in the region

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