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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,423rdBest Weather: 2,671stMost Beautiful Environments: 3,664th
The Free Land of
Democratic Socialists
Where Dragons roam freely
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population18.858 billion

CapitalAsthara City
LeaderEmpress Asthari


The Free Land of Asthara is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Empress Asthari with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, prohibition of alcohol, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate population of 18.858 billion Astharans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Asthara City. The average income tax rate is 78.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Astharan economy, worth a remarkable 1,208 trillion Asthars a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 64,078 Asthars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Cooking with water and baking soda is considered patent infringement, authorities are looking for a stool pigeon to rat out who is stealing food from pigeon toilets, citizens who plan overseas vacations are barred from running for political office, and glamping Astharans won't sleep in a tent that doesn't include a Jacuzzi. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Asthara's national animal is the Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Asthara is ranked 71,976th in the world and 2,083rd in the Rejected Realms for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 0.96 Bank.

Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,423rdBest Weather: 2,671stMost Beautiful Environments: 3,664thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,928thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,355thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,021stMost Influential: 7,340thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,520thLargest Populations: 8,400thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,799thSafest: 11,706thTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 13,485thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,747thHighest Economic Output: 14,812thMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,263rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,051stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,229thMost Stationary: 16,360thHealthiest Citizens: 16,546thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,674thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,962ndLowest Crime Rates: 16,998thLargest Governments: 17,204thNicest Citizens: 17,434thMost Compassionate Citizens: 18,633rdSmartest Citizens: 19,879thMost Cultured: 20,412th
Best Weather: 70th in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 75th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 98th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 121st in the regionMost Influential: 126th in the regionLargest Populations: 145th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 149th in the regionMost Stationary: 172nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 177th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 223rd in the regionSafest: 241st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 277th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 293rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 303rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 316th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 329th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 334th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 344th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 352nd in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 371st in the regionMost Cultured: 397th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 411th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 479th in the regionLargest Governments: 482nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 558th in the regionMost Income Equality: 563rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 579th in the region

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