by Max Barry

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Nudest: 3,879thMost Devout: 12,337thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,443rd
The Protectorate of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Peace To The Fallen
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population740 million

AnimalSpace Kitten

The Protectorate of Astarten is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its frequent executions, zero percent divorce rate, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 740 million Astartenians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Spirituality, with Law & Order, Public Transport, and Administration also on the agenda. The average income tax rate is 64.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Astartenian economy, worth 29.9 trillion Ethereums a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Arms Manufacturing, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is 40,398 Ethereums, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Homophobia is off the menu, traffic cops spend most of their work-hours calculating citizens' monthly income, motorists must pay to enter inner-cities during peak hours, and children are often punished for the sins of the fathers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Astarten's national animal is the Space Kitten, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Astarten is ranked 92,347th in the world and 3,776th in Lazarus for Most Beautiful Environments, with 554.47 Pounds Of Wildlife Per Square Mile.

Nudest: 3,879thTop
Most Devout: 12,337thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,443rdMost Conservative: 16,904thMost Authoritarian: 17,001st
Nudest: 172nd in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 546th in the regionMost Devout: 577th in the regionMost Conservative: 642nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 680th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Astarten altered its national flag.
  • : Astarten altered its national flag.
  • : Astarten altered its national flag.
  • : Astarten altered its national flag.
  • : Astarten altered its national flag.
  • : Astarten altered its national flag.
  • : Astarten's influence in Lazarus rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Astarten changed its national nation type to "Protectorate".
  • : Astarten altered its national flag.
  • : Astarten altered its national flag.


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