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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,243rd Most Secular: 4,874th Most Influential: 6,610th
The Third Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
No nation obtained greatness through peace
Emperor Helnut II
Influence
Unproven
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Average

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Asterguard

Population2.528 billion

CapitalBerlin
LeaderEmperor Helnut II
FaithBanned by State

CurrencyGerman Marc
AnimalGerman Eagle

The Third Empire of Asterguard is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Emperor Helnut II with an even hand, and renowned for its compulsory military service, enslaved workforce, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 2.528 billion Oberstuttens have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, although Education, Law & Order, and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Berlin. The average income tax rate is 75.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Asterguardian economy, worth 319 trillion German Marcs a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Basket Weaving. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 126,258 German Marcs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

The construction of massive skyscrapers seems to be the result of Asterguard's mid-life crisis, violently opinionated speakers can be heard preaching their hateful views on every street corner, cotton candy made from genuine cotton cellulose doesn't quite satisfy, and sleep-deprived officials are known to collapse after late night revision for their examinations. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Asterguard's national animal is the German Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Banned by State.

Asterguard is ranked 8,120th in the world and 279th in The North Pacific for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 10,282.35 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,243rdMost Secular: 4,874thMost Influential: 6,610thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,120thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,351stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,829thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,238thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,887thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,770thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,934thMost Developed: 12,839thMost Efficient Economies: 13,187thMost Average: 13,609thLowest Crime Rates: 13,703rdBest Weather: 15,131stHealthiest Citizens: 15,264thLargest Governments: 16,231stHighest Poor Incomes: 16,492ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,453rdLongest Average Lifespans: 17,516thLargest Black Market: 17,557thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,686th
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Most Secular: 246th in the regionMost Average: 262nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 279th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 301st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 337th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 360th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 423rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 437th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 451st in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 588th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 675th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 683rd in the regionMost Developed: 738th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 749th in the regionLargest Governments: 765th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 806th in the regionBest Weather: 825th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 855th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 898th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 912th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 956th in the region

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