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Most Subsidized Industry: 429thMost Valuable International Artwork: 681stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,641st
The Grand Duchy of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Gartza batuen isango dira inoiz garaitu
Influence
Handshaker
Cartographer General
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Astograth

Population20.689 billion

CapitalRumiatzi
LeaderGrand Duke Gaxan
Faiththe Oversoul

CurrencyDiru
AnimalLehoi

The Grand Duchy of Astograth is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Grand Duke Gaxan with an iron fist, and remarkable for its avant-garde cinema, smutty television, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 20.689 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 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 95.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Astograthian economy, worth a remarkable 3,221 trillion Dirus a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, highly specialized black market in Tourism, Book Publishing, and Basket Weaving. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 155,715 Dirus, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The national security service are a bunch of crooks, families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain, crime is on the rise as DNA sampling has been all but outlawed, and returning tourists and businessmen are detained without trial if they belong to the "wrong" religion. 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 is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is the Oversoul.

Astograth is ranked 178,695th in the world and 99th in Rushmore for Most Pro-Market, scoring -74.33 on the Rand Index.

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Most Subsidized Industry: 429thMost Valuable International Artwork: 681stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,641stMost Cultured: 1,662ndLargest Black Market: 1,852ndTop
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Most Pacifist: 3,513thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,531stHighest Economic Output: 3,763rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,607thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,616thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,640thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,819thHealthiest Citizens: 5,267thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,360thMost Efficient Economies: 5,616thLargest Populations: 5,875thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,948thMost Developed: 6,028thLargest Governments: 6,907thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,139thNicest Citizens: 7,370thMost Influential: 7,797thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,174thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,773rdSmartest Citizens: 8,899thMost Inclusive: 9,617thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,703rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,101stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,148thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,534thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,354thHighest Average Incomes: 12,295thLowest Crime Rates: 12,855thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,202ndMost Beautiful Environments: 15,572ndMost Income Equality: 19,904th
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Most Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 6th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 7th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionMost Influential: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Astograth voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Trotterdam".
  • : Astograth voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Legal Rights of Workers".
  • : Astograth voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Frieden-und Freudenland".
  • : Astograth voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Freedom to Seek Medical Care II"".
  • : Astograth was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Following new legislation in Astograth, returning tourists and businessmen are detained without trial if they belong to the "wrong" religion.
  • : Following new legislation in Astograth, crime is on the rise as DNA sampling has been all but outlawed.
  • : Following new legislation in Astograth, families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain.
  • : Following new legislation in Astograth, the national security service are a bunch of crooks.
  • : Following new legislation in Astograth, high-income earners pay a 100% tax rate.

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