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Most Pacifist: 2,400th Most Compassionate Citizens: 3,738th Nicest Citizens: 4,377th
The Southern Osean Republic of
Democratic Socialists
Endless Discovery
Princess Hana Emiko
Influence
Newcomer
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Asthea

Population2.317 billion

CapitalGriswall
LeaderPrincess Hana Emiko
FaithPacifismic

CurrencyAstheans Dollars
AnimalAlio

The Southern Osean Republic of Asthea is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Princess Hana Emiko with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The compassionate, cynical population of 2.317 billion Astheanians 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 Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Griswall. The average income tax rate is 91.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Asthean economy, worth 293 trillion Astheans Dollars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Basket Weaving, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 126,618 Astheans Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Homeowners on prime real estate have been seen dodging giant bulldozers with cartoon characters painted on them, prime commercial land is being swamped with archaeological teams, shelters struggle to keep up with the endless intake of stray animals, and the government seizes private property for the 'good of the people'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Asthea's national animal is the Alio, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Pacifismic.

Asthea is ranked 7,478th in the world and 281st in The North Pacific for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 7,184.83 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

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Most Pacifist: 2,400thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,738thNicest Citizens: 4,377thSafest: 4,759thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,209thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,429thHealthiest Citizens: 5,546thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,568thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,777thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,110thLowest Crime Rates: 6,155thMost Developed: 6,221stMost Inclusive: 6,520thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,739thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,136thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,156thBest Weather: 7,248thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,552ndHighest Poor Incomes: 7,984thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 9,362ndLargest Governments: 9,525thMost Efficient Economies: 10,011thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,168thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,737thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,186thSmartest Citizens: 13,316thMost Cultured: 15,944thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,082nd
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Most Pacifist: 136th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 197th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 200th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 222nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 250th in the regionSafest: 260th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 263rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 285th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 287th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 300th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 310th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 317th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 333rd in the regionMost Developed: 371st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 391st in the regionMost Inclusive: 394th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 399th in the regionBest Weather: 403rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 417th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 427th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 467th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 504th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 561st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 572nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 744th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 744th in the regionMost Cultured: 807th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 878th in the region

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