The Republic of Aresten is a massive, genial nation, notable for its museums and concert halls, free-roaming dinosaurs, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.932 billion Arestenians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.
The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 90.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.
The frighteningly efficient Arestenian economy, worth 222 trillion Lire a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 115,023 Lire, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.
Space research funding has hit a recent high while several military bases are being closed down, foreign casinos have trouble paying fans who bet on the Aresten City Snow Leopards' triumph against long odds, shelters struggle to keep up with the endless intake of stray animals, and many parents are becoming frustrated with their children's choices in spouses. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aresten's national animal is the snow leopard, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.
Most Recent Government Activity:
- : Following new legislation in Aresten, many parents are becoming frustrated with their children's choices in spouses.
- : Following new legislation in Aresten, shelters struggle to keep up with the endless intake of stray animals.
- : Following new legislation in Aresten, foreign casinos have trouble paying fans who bet on the Aresten City Snow Leopards' triumph against long odds.
- : Aresten was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
- : Following new legislation in Aresten, space research funding has hit a recent high while several military bases are being closed down.
- : Following new legislation in Aresten, glancing at the car radio display while driving is treated as attempted homicide.
- : Following new legislation in Aresten, major cities shut down as their local sports team takes to the field every day.
- : Following new legislation in Aresten, roads are often attended by round-the-clock construction crews.
- : Following new legislation in Aresten, therapists can always squeeze in another house-call.
- : Following new legislation in Aresten, tech-mad citizens think that the laser-powered bread-slicer uPhone App is the coolest thing since sliced bread.
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