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Largest Welfare Programs: 873rdBest Weather: 917thMost Pacifist: 971st
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Astera

Population8.516 billion

CapitalThistle
LeaderThistle Thorn

CurrencyChardon
AnimalHummingbird

The Empire of Astera is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Thistle Thorn with an even hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, daily referendums, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cheerful population of 8.516 billion Asterans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Thistle. The average income tax rate is 98.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Asteran economy, worth a remarkable 1,288 trillion Chardons a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 151,331 Chardons, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A vast monorail network carries people all over the country, criminals are really screwed, kids are taught in schools to argue with their parents, and barbers who trim a few inches of hair bill the government for their labor. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Astera's national animal is the Hummingbird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Astera is ranked 235,049th in the world and 5,653rd in the Pacific for Most Primitive, scoring -366.22 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 873rdBest Weather: 917thMost Pacifist: 971stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,280thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,315thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,365thMost Inclusive: 1,368thNicest Citizens: 1,383rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,417thSafest: 1,435thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,445thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,476thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,552ndMost Developed: 1,878thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,908thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,968thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,150thHealthiest Citizens: 2,186thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,564thLowest Crime Rates: 2,776thMost Cultured: 3,219thLargest Governments: 3,255thSmartest Citizens: 4,239thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,247thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,632ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,180thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,195thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,801stMost Influential: 11,818thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,915thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,989thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 13,881stHighest Economic Output: 14,084thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,253rdMost Efficient Economies: 16,264thMost Income Equality: 16,266thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,198thMost Secular: 20,299thMost Stationary: 23,817th
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Largest Welfare Programs: 14th in the regionMost Pacifist: 14th in the regionBest Weather: 17th in the regionNicest Citizens: 26th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 27th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 28th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 29th in the regionMost Inclusive: 30th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 31st in the regionSafest: 31st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 34th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 34th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 34th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 46th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 48th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 52nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 54th in the regionMost Developed: 55th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 59th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 76th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 82nd in the regionMost Cultured: 83rd in the regionLargest Governments: 85th in the regionMost Influential: 88th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 107th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 122nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 147th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 215th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 262nd in the regionLargest Populations: 291st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 317th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 325th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 332nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 332nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 341st in the regionMost Stationary: 348th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 363rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 383rd in the regionMost Secular: 514th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Astera was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Astera was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Astera was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Following new legislation in Astera, barbers who trim a few inches of hair bill the government for their labor.
  • : Following new legislation in Astera, kids are taught in schools to argue with their parents.
  • : Following new legislation in Astera, criminals are really screwed.
  • : Following new legislation in Astera, a vast monorail network carries people all over the country.
  • : Following new legislation in Astera, Thistle Thorn's new door-knocking campaign has the sweet taste of success.
  • : Following new legislation in Astera, social media sites go into shutdown for days at a time to censor user content.
  • : Following new legislation in Astera, the constant playing of Merry Birthday on Asteran radio has led to calls for the song to be classified as a crime against humanity.

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