by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 2,768thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,088thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,305th
The Empire of
Left-wing Utopia
Science above Religion
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population7.038 billion

CapitalMano Zate


The Empire of Astalen is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, daily referendums, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The compassionate, democratic population of 7.038 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, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mano Zate. The average income tax rate is 91.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Astalenian economy, worth 798 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 113,405 Goldsuns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

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 well-funded 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 153,750th in the world and 5,745th in Lazarus for Most Pro-Market, scoring 25 on the Rand Index.

Most Influential: 2,768thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,088thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,305thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,975thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,108thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,986thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,170thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,933rdBest Weather: 6,598thSafest: 6,791stHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,205thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,267thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,361stMost Advanced Public Education: 7,613thMost Pacifist: 7,948thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,032ndHealthiest Citizens: 9,102ndMost Inclusive: 9,564thLowest Crime Rates: 9,942ndLargest Governments: 10,152ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,166thTop
Most Cultured: 10,482ndNicest Citizens: 10,520thNudest: 10,900thSmartest Citizens: 11,587thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,861stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16,307thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,987th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 74th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 79th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 215th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 221st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 222nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 301st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 302nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 333rd in the regionBest Weather: 359th in the regionSafest: 377th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 383rd in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 395th in the regionMost Pacifist: 403rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 406th in the regionMost Stationary: 419th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 422nd in the regionNudest: 425th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 441st in the regionMost Inclusive: 506th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 512th in the regionNicest Citizens: 521st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 521st in the regionMost Cultured: 600th in the regionLargest Governments: 602nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 624th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 625th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 628th in the region

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