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Highest Poor Incomes: 87thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 102ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 108th
The Holy Federation of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Ave Imperator, morituri te salutant
Influence
Page
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Azstaria

Population6.977 billion

CapitalAstartes
LeaderThe Emperor
FaithThe Imperial Cult

CurrencyMarble
AnimalLion and Eagle

The Holy Federation of Azstaria is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by The Emperor with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, deadly medical pandemics, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.977 billion Azstarians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry, Law & Order, and Education are also considered important, while Environment and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Astartes. The average income tax rate is 98.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Azstarian economy, worth a remarkable 4,232 trillion Marbles 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Retail. 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 a breathtaking 606,570 Marbles, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Students consistently complain that the wi-fi ate their homework, 13-year-old internet trolls are treated as a threat on par with terrorists, wood-framed catapults are ready to launch diseased corpses into besieged cities, and not many kids know Shakespeare's Hamlet but most of them have seen unofficial sequel Hamlet III - The Search For Osric. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Azstaria's national animal is the Lion and Eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Imperial Cult.

Azstaria is ranked 242nd in the world and 3rd in the Pacific for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 26,651.3 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Highest Poor Incomes: 87thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 102ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 108thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 117thMost Patriotic: 137thHighest Average Incomes: 166thMost Subsidized Industry: 176thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 181stLargest Information Technology Sector: 233rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 242ndMost Efficient Economies: 363rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 375thLargest Black Market: 492ndMost Armed: 558thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 583rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 662ndMost Corrupt Governments: 770thLargest Mining Sector: 838thLargest Governments: 1,166thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,211thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,310thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,649thLowest Crime Rates: 1,682ndLargest Retail Industry: 1,762ndMost Devout: 2,313thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,425thMost Developed: 2,668thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 2,895thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,429thHighest Economic Output: 3,471stMost Avoided: 4,861stMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,601stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6,020thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,141stFattest Citizens: 6,150thMost Cultured: 6,628thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,954thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,004thMost Authoritarian: 8,197thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,236thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,793rdMost Influential: 13,341stTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 18,127thMost Conservative: 19,496thMost Stationary: 19,750thLargest Publishing Industry: 22,996th
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionMost Patriotic: 7th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 14th in the regionMost Armed: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 16th in the regionLargest Black Market: 16th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 21st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 22nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 23rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 28th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 30th in the regionLargest Governments: 35th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 41st in the regionMost Devout: 47th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 54th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 58th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 63rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 74th in the regionMost Avoided: 78th in the regionMost Developed: 80th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 80th in the regionTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 99th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 106th in the regionFattest Citizens: 131st in the regionMost Cultured: 144th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 147th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 151st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 172nd in the regionMost Influential: 205th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 246th in the regionMost Stationary: 255th in the regionRudest Citizens: 289th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 302nd in the regionLargest Populations: 367th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 380th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 521st in the regionMost Extreme: 595th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 733rd in the regionMost Conservative: 807th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Azstaria, not many kids know Shakespeare's Hamlet but most of them have seen unofficial sequel Hamlet III - The Search For Osric.
  • : Following new legislation in Azstaria, wood-framed catapults are ready to launch diseased corpses into besieged cities.
  • : Following new legislation in Azstaria, 13-year-old internet trolls are treated as a threat on par with terrorists.
  • : Following new legislation in Azstaria, students consistently complain that the wi-fi ate their homework.
  • : Following new legislation in Azstaria, people queue for valets instead of parking spaces.
  • : Following new legislation in Azstaria, the police crack down on tax evaders without mercy.
  • : Azstaria was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Following new legislation in Azstaria, stews often contain used tissues and pocket fluff.
  • : Following new legislation in Azstaria, theatre audiences often need a telescope to see the stage.
  • : Following new legislation in Azstaria, cheese lovers have a case of the bleus.

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