by Max Barry

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Largest Welfare Programs: 1,688thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,915thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,500th
The Federal Socialist Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
Equality, Human Dignity, Progress
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population3.43 billion

CapitalOmni City
LeaderLord President Fide Thomas Rush


The Federal Socialist Republic of Astana-Anders is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Lord President Fide Thomas Rush with a fair hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, free-roaming dinosaurs, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.43 billion Astanais 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, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Omni City. The average income tax rate is 95.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Astanai economy, worth 442 trillion Liens a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 128,869 Liens, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

'The Anti-Government Hour' is a popular programme on many of Astana-Anders's radio stations, children's daycare starts at the crack of dawn, government employees have reverted to carrier pigeon due to never-ending virus scans, and bronze and marble supplies are running low as sculptors depict full-figured subjects. Crime is totally unknown. Astana-Anders's national animal is the Fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Astana-Anders is ranked 6,753rd in the world and 5th in Northern Utopia for Smartest Citizens, with 111.78 quips per hour.

Largest Welfare Programs: 1,688thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,915thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,500thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,577thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 2,766thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,806thMost Pacifist: 2,919thNicest Citizens: 2,953rdMost Inclusive: 3,030thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,487thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,886thMost Developed: 4,978thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,204thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,246thHighest Food Quality: 5,300thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,519thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,553rdSmartest Citizens: 6,753rdMost Beautiful Environments: 7,097thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,124thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,340thBest Weather: 7,624thLargest Governments: 8,090thHealthiest Citizens: 8,718thMost Secular: 8,863rdHighest Poor Incomes: 10,020thNudest: 11,691stSafest: 11,744thMost Valuable International Artwork: 12,048thMost Cultured: 12,420thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,511thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,878thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 16,483rdLowest Crime Rates: 18,067thMost Efficient Economies: 18,888thHighest Drug Use: 21,662ndHighest Average Incomes: 22,262ndMost Income Equality: 25,841st
Most Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionNudest: 3rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 5th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionMost Pacifist: 5th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionBest Weather: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 8th in the regionSafest: 9th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 9th in the regionMost Influential: 9th in the regionMost Secular: 9th in the regionRudest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11th in the regionMost Politically Free: 11th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 11th in the regionMost Stationary: 13th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 13th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 13th in the region

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