by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,264thMost Influential: 2,401stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,821st
The Retro-Futuristic Starship of
Left-wing Utopia
Does a bee care?
Sky Admiral and Member of the Administrative Council
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New Astri

Population5.866 billion

CapitalNeo Io


The Retro-Futuristic Starship of New Astri is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Multivac with a fair hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, state-planned economy, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.866 billion New Astrians 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 enormous, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Neo Io. The average income tax rate is 82.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming New Astrian economy, worth 518 trillion Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming and Retail. Average income is 88,357 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Solving crossword puzzles requires fluency in at least five languages, elderly citizens regularly buy posh multimillion-Credit mansions, authorities are looking for a stool pigeon to rat out who is stealing food from pigeon toilets, and Multivac is plotting to coup the Pacific (New Astri has found 1 easter egg). Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. New Astri's national animal is the Vacuumorph, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Zommunism.

New Astri is ranked 291,375th in the world and 1,482nd in The Communist Bloc for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -12 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,264thMost Influential: 2,401stTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,821stLargest Welfare Programs: 5,835thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,231stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,228thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,618thNicest Citizens: 11,770thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,799thBest Weather: 12,216thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,246thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,238thMost Inclusive: 14,548thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 14,809thHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,122ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,204thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,763rdMost Pacifist: 17,993rdHighest Food Quality: 18,804thHealthiest Citizens: 18,828thMost Income Equality: 19,430thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,222ndMost Advanced Public Education: 20,443rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 20,546thSmartest Citizens: 21,186thMost Secular: 22,832ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 22,952ndHighest Poor Incomes: 25,077thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 25,687thMost Developed: 27,971stLargest Governments: 28,566thSafest: 28,940th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 20th in the regionMost Politically Free: 42nd in the regionMost Stationary: 74th in the regionTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 78th in the regionMost Influential: 101st in the region

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