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Most Influential: 618th Largest Cheese Export Sector: 830th Largest Publishing Industry: 1,306th
The Benelux Union of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Eendracht maakt macht / L'union fait la force
Prime Minister Willem 'Wim' Kok
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Astarina

Population10.044 billion

CapitalAntwerp
LeaderPrime Minister Willem 'Wim' Kok
Faithsecularism

CurrencyBeneluxer guilder
Animallion

The Benelux Union of Astarina is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Prime Minister Willem 'Wim' Kok with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, infamous sell-swords, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 10.044 billion Beneluxers 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, with Healthcare and Defense also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Antwerp. The average income tax rate is 4.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Beneluxer economy, worth a remarkable 1,976 trillion Beneluxer guilders a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 196,807 Beneluxer guilders, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Forty-year-old men are asked for their ID before watching the latest pony cartoon movies, workers of "fairweather faith" claim six months of paid leave for holy days per year, the television adaptation of Jennifer Government is the most popular program in the nation, and citizens know never to accept cookies from strangers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Astarina's national animal is the lion, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is secularism.

Astarina is ranked 25,313th in the world and 34th in Commonwealth of Liberty for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector, scoring 3,914.67 on the Pepperoni Propulsion Productivity Index.

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Most Influential: 618thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 830thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,306thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 1,999thMost Cultured: 3,125thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,426thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,652ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,006thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,416thSmartest Citizens: 4,868thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,121stHighest Average Incomes: 6,054thHighest Economic Output: 6,059thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,663rdMost Devout: 6,820thLargest Retail Industry: 6,957thMost Stationary: 7,323rdTop
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Most Inclusive: 9,454thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,514thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,187thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,519thMost Developed: 11,547thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,919thMost Politically Free: 12,489thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,028thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,428thLargest Mining Sector: 15,714thLowest Crime Rates: 15,834th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 7th in the regionTop
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 10th in the regionMost Cultured: 13th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 13th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 14th in the regionMost Politically Free: 15th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 17th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 18th in the regionMost Devout: 18th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 19th in the regionLargest Populations: 19th in the region

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