by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 409thMost Influential: 2,809thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,444th
The Retro-Futuristic Starship of
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New Astri

Population3.675 billion

CapitalNeo Io


The Retro-Futuristic Starship of New Astri is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Multivac with a fair hand, and renowned for its rampant corporate plagiarism, ban on automobiles, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.675 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 81.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming New Astrian economy, worth 324 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 mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming and Retail. Average income is 88,222 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Prudishness is on the way out, business meetings across the country are interrupted by the sound of squeaking whoopee-cushions, hipster cyclists declare that "metal is dead", and the police strictly enforce off-limit zones for tourists. 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 33,321st in the world and 524th in The Communist Bloc for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 172.45 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 409thMost Influential: 2,809thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,444thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,447thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,959thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,208thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,074thNicest Citizens: 11,391stMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,502ndMost Rebellious Youth: 12,158thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,634thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,889thTop
Best Weather: 14,328thMost Inclusive: 14,356thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,492ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,035thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,037thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,072ndHealthiest Citizens: 17,359thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,464thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,896thMost Income Equality: 18,347thHighest Food Quality: 19,036thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,970thMost Pacifist: 20,023rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,363rdSmartest Citizens: 20,389thMost Secular: 21,918thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 22,631stLargest Governments: 24,291stSafest: 24,785thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 25,214thMost Developed: 25,257thLowest Crime Rates: 26,946thMost Politically Free: 28,300th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 5th in the regionTop
Most Politically Free: 39th in the regionTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 90th in the regionMost Influential: 102nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 105th in the regionMost Stationary: 116th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 155th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 159th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 165th in the region

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