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Most Pacifist: 2,379thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,499thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,793rd
The Council of
Left-wing Utopia
Strong For All
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
World Benchmark
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Astrobolt

Population2.494 billion

CapitalGalactus
LeaderChairperson Flame

CurrencyStar
AnimalDuck

The Council of Astrobolt is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Chairperson Flame with a fair hand, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, daily referendums, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.494 billion Astros are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Galactus. The average income tax rate is 86.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Astro economy, worth 311 trillion Stars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 124,991 Stars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Bored politicians often entertain themselves with games of Simon during important votes, relations with Dàguó have warmed from frosty to chilly, Brancaland has gifted over nine thousand putrid moose carcasses to Astrobolt as a reminder of their "special relationship", and prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Astrobolt's national animal is the Duck, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Astrobolt is ranked 206,629th in the world and 1,233rd in 10000 Islands for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -9.35 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most Pacifist: 2,379thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,499thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,793rdLargest Publishing Industry: 2,918thNicest Citizens: 2,977thMost Inclusive: 3,832ndMost Influential: 4,506thSafest: 4,610thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,241stMost Advanced Public Education: 5,831stLongest Average Lifespans: 5,863rdHealthiest Citizens: 5,963rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,475thMost Developed: 6,544thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,422ndSmartest Citizens: 7,482ndMost Cultured: 7,506thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,812thBest Weather: 8,416thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,191stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,325thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,461stLowest Crime Rates: 10,026thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,233rdHighest Poor Incomes: 10,255thTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 11,405thLargest Governments: 12,126thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,399thMost Efficient Economies: 13,809thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,135thMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,899thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,894thMost Secular: 17,190thMost Advanced Public Transport: 18,222ndHighest Average Incomes: 20,820thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 22,523rd
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Most Pacifist: 50th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 54th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 55th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 60th in the regionNicest Citizens: 62nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 72nd in the regionTop
10%
Safest: 82nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 90th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 96th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 109th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 114th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 114th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 118th in the regionMost Developed: 120th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 130th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 131st in the regionMost Cultured: 132nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 134th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 135th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Astrobolt was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.
  • : Following new legislation in Astrobolt, prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries.
  • : Following new legislation in Astrobolt, Brancaland has gifted over nine thousand putrid moose carcasses to Astrobolt as a reminder of their "special relationship".
  • : Following new legislation in Astrobolt, relations with Dàguó have warmed from frosty to chilly.
  • : Following new legislation in Astrobolt, bored politicians often entertain themselves with games of Simon during important votes.
  • : Following new legislation in Astrobolt, political scientists despair as the national mascot election eclipses all others in voter enthusiasm.
  • : Following new legislation in Astrobolt, anti-government web sites are springing up.
  • : Following new legislation in Astrobolt, skateparks can be found in every city.
  • : Following new legislation in Astrobolt, recreational drug businesses are regularly pruned if they grow above the maximum legal size.
  • : Following new legislation in Astrobolt, prime commercial land is being swamped with archaeological teams.

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