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Most Valuable International Artwork: 483rdMost Influential: 2,294thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,030th
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New Astri

Population7.201 billion

CapitalNeo Io


The Retro-Futuristic Starship of New Astri is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Multivac with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, ban on automobiles, and smutty television. The compassionate, democratic population of 7.201 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 82.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming New Astrian economy, worth 638 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 88,653 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 29,501st in the world and 414th in The Communist Bloc for Most Developed, scoring 81.5 on the Human Development Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 483rdMost Influential: 2,294thTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,030thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,832ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,951stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,395thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,196thNicest Citizens: 11,638thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,659thBest Weather: 12,656thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,948thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,217thMost Inclusive: 14,284thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 14,859thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,002ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,626thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,214thMost Pacifist: 17,545thHighest Food Quality: 18,412thMost Income Equality: 18,712thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 19,849thHealthiest Citizens: 20,259thSmartest Citizens: 20,414thMost Advanced Public Education: 20,630thMost Secular: 21,878thMost Subsidized Industry: 23,606thLargest Information Technology Sector: 24,953rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 27,082ndHighest Poor Incomes: 27,283rdMost Politically Free: 28,131st
Most Valuable International Artwork: 7th in the regionTop
Most Politically Free: 33rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 43rd in the regionMost Stationary: 63rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 68th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 116th in the regionMost Extreme: 137th in the region

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