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Astarina

Population13.871 billion

CapitalCanberra
LeaderGeneral Secretary Andrew Irving
Faithstate atheism

CurrencyAustralian dollar
Animalkangaroo

The Australian People's Republic of Astarina is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by General Secretary Andrew Irving with a fair hand, and notable for its smutty television, keen interest in outer space, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 13.871 billion Australians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Healthcare and Defense are also considered important, while Spirituality and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Canberra. The average income tax rate is 7.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Australian economy, worth a remarkable 2,717 trillion Australian dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 195,881 Australian dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

There's no cure or sympathy for the common cold, small patches of desolate land across the world are part of Australian sovereign territory, many friends and relatives of General Secretary Andrew Irving have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations, and the entire entry for Astarina in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the World reads 'mostly harmless'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Astarina's national animal is the kangaroo, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is state atheism.

Astarina is ranked 100,156th in the world and 62nd in Commonwealth of Liberty for Largest Black Market, with 486 billion Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 986thMost Influential: 1,050thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,365thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,055thTop
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Most Cultured: 3,222ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,683rdSmartest Citizens: 4,902ndHighest Poor Incomes: 5,110thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,210thHighest Economic Output: 5,429thHighest Average Incomes: 7,013thMost Developed: 7,063rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,065thMost Devout: 8,534thLargest Retail Industry: 8,775thLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,975thMost Inclusive: 10,735thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,555thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 12,563rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,680thLowest Crime Rates: 14,840thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,894thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,391stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,790thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 17,414thLargest Populations: 18,614thMost Efficient Economies: 19,602ndLargest Governments: 19,922ndSafest: 20,702ndLongest Average Lifespans: 21,221stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 22,323rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 23,127th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 7th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 10th in the regionMost Cultured: 11th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 12th in the regionLargest Populations: 13th in the regionMost Devout: 14th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 15th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 15th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 15th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 15th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 17th in the region

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