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Least Corrupt Governments: 2,247thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,571stNicest Citizens: 3,096th
The Greatest Serene Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
Per aspera ad astra
Ane Seppänen
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Excessive
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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The Astral Mandate

Population2.65 billion

CapitalRigel
LeaderAne Seppänen

CurrencySigil Token
AnimalFirefly

The Greatest Serene Republic of The Astral Mandate is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Ane Seppänen with a fair hand, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, national health service, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 2.65 billion Astralites 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 large, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rigel. The average income tax rate is 90.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Astralan economy, worth 376 trillion Sigil Tokens a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 142,083 Sigil Tokens, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Abortions are routinely performed in the nation's hospitals, political talk shows often have children as guests whenever they need commentary on world religions, the Smalltopian embassy doubles as an electoral campaign headquarters, and you need a signed affidavit from a registered psychiatrist to claim that you have crazy low prices. Crime is totally unknown. The Astral Mandate's national animal is the Firefly, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Astral Mandate is ranked 3,319th in the world and 5th in Nordic Lands for Most Inclusive, scoring 304.97 on the Mandela-Wollstonecraft Non-Discrimination Index.

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Nicest Citizens: 3,096thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,151stMost Inclusive: 3,319thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,604thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,653rdMost Pacifist: 3,919thHighest Food Quality: 5,594thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,451stMost Rebellious Youth: 6,460thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,136thMost Developed: 7,627thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,968thSmartest Citizens: 7,993rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,072ndHighest Poor Incomes: 8,777thMost Cultured: 9,210thSafest: 9,341stHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,061stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,227thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,368thLargest Governments: 11,879thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,133rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,884thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,931stMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,102ndTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 15,243rdNudest: 16,293rdMost Beautiful Environments: 16,715thMost Income Equality: 16,939thLowest Crime Rates: 18,599thHighest Average Incomes: 24,896thMost Efficient Economies: 26,142ndMost Subsidized Industry: 27,502ndMost Extensive Civil Rights: 30,325th
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Least Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 7th in the regionNudest: 8th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 9th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 11th in the regionMost Pacifist: 11th in the regionMost Politically Free: 12th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 12th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 15th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 15th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 15th in the regionMost Developed: 16th in the regionMost Extreme: 16th in the regionMost Income Equality: 16th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 16th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 18th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 20th in the regionMost Cultured: 22nd in the regionLargest Governments: 24th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 25th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 27th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 28th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 30th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 32nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 34th in the region

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