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Best Weather: 4,071st Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,467th Most Beautiful Environments: 4,840th
The Monster-Guided Empire of
Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Last Stars

Population6.88 billion

CapitalTree of Life
LeaderEmperor Dove Star


The Monster-Guided Empire of The Last Stars is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Emperor Dove Star with a fair hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, complete lack of prisons, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 6.88 billion Starsians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tree of Life. The average income tax rate is 84.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Last Starsian economy, worth 340 trillion Jewels a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 49,490 Jewels, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Old warplanes and tanks that break down can't be repaired since no one makes the parts anymore, people across the world seek to be healthier by eliminating carbs, Eau de Trashcan has become a wildly popular perfume, and libraries are refusing to stock A Midsummer Night's Dream because it has an ass in it. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Last Stars's national animal is the Swordfish, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

The Last Stars is ranked 11,191st in the world and 223rd in the Pacific for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 1,597.95 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Best Weather: 4,071stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,467thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,840thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,388thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,897thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,950thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,986thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,222ndNicest Citizens: 7,385thTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 8,230thMost Influential: 9,241stMost Inclusive: 9,873rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 10,128thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,328thMost Pacifist: 11,020thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,191stMost Cultured: 11,436thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,728thNudest: 12,894thMost Stationary: 13,499thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,048th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 17th in the regionMost Influential: 44th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 99th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 113th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 121st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 127th in the regionMost Stationary: 178th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 181st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 181st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 187th in the regionNicest Citizens: 187th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 216th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 223rd in the regionLargest Populations: 226th in the regionNudest: 238th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 246th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 252nd in the regionMost Cultured: 260th in the regionMost Inclusive: 288th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 298th in the regionMost Pacifist: 311th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 345th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 506th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 521st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 569th in the region

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