by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 2,901stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,807thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,350th
The Atlantic Republic of
New York Times Democracy
By sea, by land, by unity
President Taron Wright
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Asten Islands

Population2.126 billion

CapitalPort David
LeaderPresident Taron Wright
FaithRoman Catholic Christian

CurrencyAsten Pound
AnimalBlue Whale

The Atlantic Republic of The Asten Islands is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by President Taron Wright with a fair hand, and notable for its soft-spoken computers, ubiquitous missile silos, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.126 billion Astians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Education, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Port David. The average income tax rate is 66.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Astian economy, worth 189 trillion Asten Pounds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is 89,320 Asten Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is avowedly secular, neon signs promoting safe driving often distract drivers, the combined alert sound of a nation simultaneously receiving a text message is a common cause of hearing damage, and prime real estate is devoted to wind farms and solar energy generators. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Asten Islands's national animal is the Blue Whale, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Roman Catholic Christian.

The Asten Islands is ranked 30,284th in the world and 434th in Europe for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 5,373.9 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most Influential: 2,901stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,807thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,350thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,009thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,707thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 11,964thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,838thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 14,896thNicest Citizens: 15,195thMost Compassionate Citizens: 16,027thLongest Average Lifespans: 20,662ndSafest: 21,665thLargest Information Technology Sector: 24,655thSmartest Citizens: 25,943rdLargest Publishing Industry: 26,971st
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 71st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 80th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 101st in the region

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