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Most Subsidized Industry: 1,003rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,073rdLargest Publishing Industry: 1,081st
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Population14.24 billion

LeaderBarbara Schraeder


The Kingdom of Asterdel is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Barbara Schraeder with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, anti-smoking policies, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 14.24 billion Asterians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Eidelvig. The average income tax rate is 98.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Asterian economy, worth a remarkable 3,075 trillion Marks a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 215,970 Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Barbara Schraeder is famed for giving great back rubs, mantis shrimp studies is academia's fastest-growing field, elementary school students are required to master Bach's Chaconne in D before graduation, and the horniness of the great-horned Bear is considered a national priority. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Asterdel's national animal is the Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity.

Asterdel is ranked 1,081st in the world and 6th in New Western Empire for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 33,818.19 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Most Subsidized Industry: 1,003rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,073rdLargest Publishing Industry: 1,081stMost Beautiful Environments: 1,094thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,165thMost Pacifist: 1,219thSafest: 1,226thBest Weather: 1,259thMost Efficient Economies: 1,323rdMost Developed: 1,330thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,336thMost Cultured: 1,399thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,503rdLongest Average Lifespans: 1,673rdMost Advanced Public Education: 1,935thLargest Governments: 1,991stMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,997thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,999thHealthiest Citizens: 2,043rdNicest Citizens: 2,047thSmartest Citizens: 2,078thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,188thLowest Crime Rates: 2,233rdTop
Most Inclusive: 2,469thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,525thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,584thMost Influential: 3,936thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,387thHighest Economic Output: 4,632ndLargest Welfare Programs: 5,217thHighest Average Incomes: 5,343rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,646thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,701stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10,754thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,167thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,698thLargest Populations: 18,364thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,037thMost Secular: 19,610th
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 7th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 11th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 11th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Politically Free: 12th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 19th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 20th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 20th in the region

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