by Max Barry

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Most Pacifist: 1,890th Most Compassionate Citizens: 3,039th Safest: 3,348th
The Southern Osean Kingdom of
Corrupt Dictatorship Corrupt Liberal Dictatorship
Endless Discovery
Queen Akari Emiko
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population2.695 billion

LeaderQueen Akari Emiko

CurrencyAstheans Dollars

The Southern Osean Kingdom of Asthea is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Queen Akari Emiko with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, prohibition of alcohol, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, cynical population of 2.695 billion Astheanians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Griswall. The average income tax rate is 93.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Asthean economy, worth 376 trillion Astheans Dollars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 139,590 Astheans Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nationalised Arms Manufacturing Industry is not interested in making weapons, a vast monorail network carries people all over the country, Asthean watches list strained wrists as a common side effect, and a new "thought police" branch is being developed. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Asthea's national animal is the Alio, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Pacifismic.

Asthea is ranked 5,226th in the world and 316th in The North Pacific for Most Inclusive, scoring 218.65 on the Mandela-Wollstonecraft Non-Discrimination Index.

Most Pacifist: 1,890thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,039thSafest: 3,348thNicest Citizens: 3,658thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,764thBest Weather: 4,114thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,269thHealthiest Citizens: 4,348thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,646thLowest Crime Rates: 4,805thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,950thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,194thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,203rdMost Inclusive: 5,226thMost Developed: 5,408thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,472ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,696thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,386thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,600thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,682ndLargest Governments: 7,277thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,529thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,124thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,727thMost Efficient Economies: 9,826thSmartest Citizens: 11,297thHighest Average Incomes: 15,311th
Most Pacifist: 98th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 149th in the regionSafest: 179th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 187th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 188th in the regionNicest Citizens: 214th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 218th in the regionBest Weather: 229th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 233rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 234th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 237th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 238th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 263rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 270th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 284th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 285th in the regionMost Developed: 314th in the regionMost Inclusive: 316th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 329th in the regionLargest Governments: 356th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 366th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 390th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 447th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 457th in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 541st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 629th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 725th in the regionMost Stationary: 915th in the regionMost Cultured: 927th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 946th in the region

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