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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,592ndMost Influential: 2,584thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,292nd
The Endorse Kethania of
Left-wing Utopia Drugged-Out Hippies
Does a bee care?
Influence
Squire
First Minister
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Excessive

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New Astri

Population3.114 billion

CapitalNeo Io
LeaderMultivac
Faithunspecificed

CurrencyCredit
AnimalVacuumorph

The Endorse Kethania of New Astri is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Multivac with a fair hand, and renowned for its smutty television, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.114 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 276 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 6,483rd in the world and 230th in The Communist Bloc for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 6,026.12 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,592ndMost Influential: 2,584thTop
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,292ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,314thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,483rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,187thNicest Citizens: 11,208thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,293rdMost Rebellious Youth: 11,825thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,715thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,753rdTop
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Most Inclusive: 13,880thBest Weather: 14,449thMost Cheerful Citizens: 14,647thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,877thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,072ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,196thHealthiest Citizens: 17,261stMost Beautiful Environments: 17,409thMost Income Equality: 17,508thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,903rdHighest Food Quality: 18,557thMost Pacifist: 19,364thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,514thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,931stSmartest Citizens: 19,945thMost Secular: 21,801stMost Politically Free: 23,309thSafest: 24,183rdLargest Governments: 24,371stMost Developed: 24,526thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 25,010thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 25,343rd
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 20th in the regionMost Politically Free: 30th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 83rd in the regionMost Influential: 84th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 95th in the regionMost Stationary: 127th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 145th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 154th in the region

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