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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,576thMost Influential: 2,147thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,340th
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New Astri

Population3.068 billion

CapitalNeo Io


The Endorse Kethania of New Astri is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Multivac with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, smutty television, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.068 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 80.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming New Astrian economy, worth 272 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 led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming and Retail. Average income is 88,730 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Truancy officers have a hard time catching children trained in advanced camouflage skills, prudishness is on the way out, business meetings across the country are interrupted by the sound of squeaking whoopee-cushions, and hipster cyclists declare that "metal is dead". 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 unspecificed.

New Astri is ranked 17,263rd in the world and 354th in The Communist Bloc for Healthiest Citizens, with 11.2 bananas ingested per day.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,576thMost Influential: 2,147thTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,340thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,347thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,491stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,161stNicest Citizens: 11,220thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,313thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,845thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,730thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,775thTop
Most Inclusive: 13,912thBest Weather: 14,478thMost Cheerful Citizens: 14,660thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,921stMost Subsidized Industry: 14,982ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,246thHealthiest Citizens: 17,263rdMost Beautiful Environments: 17,389thMost Income Equality: 17,603rdMost Advanced Public Education: 17,939thHighest Food Quality: 18,624thMost Pacifist: 19,433rdHighest Poor Incomes: 19,544thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,832ndSmartest Citizens: 19,965thMost Secular: 21,670thMost Politically Free: 23,305thSafest: 24,326thLargest Governments: 24,355thMost Developed: 24,471stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 25,058thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 25,474th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 20th in the regionMost Politically Free: 28th in the regionMost Influential: 64th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 86th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 96th in the regionMost Stationary: 128th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 149th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 156th in the region

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