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Most Subsidized Industry: 977thMost Cultured: 1,617thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,199th
The Grand Duchy of
Corrupt Dictatorship
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Economy
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Astograth

Population24.846 billion

CapitalRumiatzi
LeaderGrand Duke Gaxan
FaithAstograthian folk religion

CurrencyDiru
AnimalLehoi

The Grand Duchy of Astograth is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Grand Duke Gaxan with an iron fist, and notable for its smutty television, ubiquitous missile silos, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 24.846 billion Astograthians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Administration, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rumiatzi. The average income tax rate is 96.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Astograthian economy, worth a remarkable 3,999 trillion Dirus a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Basket Weaving. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 160,957 Dirus, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The study of medicine is popular throughout Astograth, the airship business has been driven out of the country by strict regulations and high fines, manufacturers of biodegradable plastics have to wait for months to show evidence of organic decomposition, and kids building model rockets in their backyard are grounded by Space Agency Rangers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Astograth's national animal is the Lehoi, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Astograthian folk religion.

Astograth is ranked 237,832nd in the world and 93rd in Rushmore for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -13 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

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Most Subsidized Industry: 977thMost Cultured: 1,617thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,199thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,827thMost Pacifist: 3,138thLargest Black Market: 3,254thHighest Food Quality: 3,314thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,571stHighest Economic Output: 3,738thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,892ndLongest Average Lifespans: 3,943rdHealthiest Citizens: 4,251stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,340thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,480thNicest Citizens: 4,917thMost Developed: 4,976thLargest Populations: 5,422ndLargest Governments: 5,452ndMost Influential: 5,548thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,687thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,063rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,118thMost Efficient Economies: 6,138thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,202ndMost Inclusive: 7,383rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,979thSmartest Citizens: 8,054thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,430thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,712thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,832ndLowest Crime Rates: 9,075thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,950thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10,354thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,577thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12,335thHighest Average Incomes: 12,855thTop
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Most Stationary: 15,839thMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,931stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 25,427th
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Most Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 3rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Pacifist: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionMost Influential: 7th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the regionNicest Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 10th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Astograth, kids building model rockets in their backyard are grounded by Space Agency Rangers.
  • : Following new legislation in Astograth, manufacturers of biodegradable plastics have to wait for months to show evidence of organic decomposition.
  • : Following new legislation in Astograth, the airship business has been driven out of the country by strict regulations and high fines.
  • : Following new legislation in Astograth, the study of medicine is popular throughout Astograth.
  • : Following new legislation in Astograth, whipping posts and lashes have been transferred to the Historical Museum of Astograthian Embarrassments.
  • : Astograth was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Following new legislation in Astograth, returning vacationers often find that their property is now a construction site.
  • : Following new legislation in Astograth, parents who reward their teens' chores with concert tickets are charged with illegal reselling.
  • : Following new legislation in Astograth, the only thing slower than the economy is the exchange where it's managed.
  • : Following new legislation in Astograth, teenagers claim that morning paper rounds are performance art.

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