The Colony of Austral Isle is a very large, safe nation, notable for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 152 million Australs 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 large, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 66.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.
The sizeable but stagnant Austral Islean economy, worth 2.84 trillion Hydras 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 slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Trout Farming, Beef-Based Agriculture, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. 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 18,691 Hydras, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.
The government is paving paradises to put up parking lots, it is illegal to make racist remarks in public, organ donation rates are among the lowest in the region, and genetic researchers have been expelled. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Austral Isle's national animal is the dolphin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.
Most Recent Government Activity:
- : Austral Isle's influence in Lazarus rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
- : Austral Isle's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
- : Austral Isle's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
- : Austral Isle was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Income Equality and the Top 10% for Most Authoritarian.
- : Austral Isle altered its national flag.
- : Austral Isle changed its national demonym to "Australs".
- : Austral Isle relocated from The South Pacific to Lazarus.
- : Following new legislation in Austral Isle, genetic researchers have been expelled.
- : Following new legislation in Austral Isle, organ donation rates are among the lowest in the region.
- : Following new legislation in Austral Isle, it is illegal to make racist remarks in public.