by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,046thMost Influential: 2,728thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,963rd
The Republic of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Strength Through Freedom
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population1.932 billion

Animalsnow leopard

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.

Aresten is ranked 203,403rd in the world and 7,023rd in the South Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -6.03 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,046thTop
Most Influential: 2,728thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,963rdMost Pacifist: 3,307thBest Weather: 3,530thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,831stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,297thHealthiest Citizens: 4,326thSafest: 4,426thNicest Citizens: 4,448thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,507thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,510thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,064thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,900thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,081stMost Beautiful Environments: 7,760thMost Inclusive: 7,767thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,778thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,920thLowest Crime Rates: 8,325thMost Developed: 8,467thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,699thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,961stMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,014thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,131stMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,878thTop
Smartest Citizens: 12,000thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,528thLargest Governments: 12,556thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,827thMost Secular: 15,279thMost Income Equality: 15,859thLargest Publishing Industry: 19,259thMost Cultured: 19,481stMost Efficient Economies: 19,536thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 22,478th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 116th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 116th in the regionMost Pacifist: 124th in the regionBest Weather: 125th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 136th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 145th in the regionSafest: 146th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 147th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 149th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 149th in the regionNicest Citizens: 149th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 233rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 234th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 238th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 239th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 250th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 253rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 259th in the regionMost Developed: 260th in the regionMost Inclusive: 268th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 290th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 301st in the regionMost Influential: 342nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 344th in the regionLargest Governments: 356th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 360th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 366th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 366th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 375th in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 501st in the regionMost Secular: 519th in the regionMost Cultured: 560th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 590th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 633rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 652nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 691st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 802nd in the region

National Happenings

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.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 110 » Qvait, New Briantown, Corgitopiaa, Erinor, Amerion, West Pastafaria, Land Without Shrimp, Concrete Slab, Tsunamy, Bleakfoot, PenguinPies, Bawkie, Jehenna, Aumeltopia, Ridehale, Midand, The Worst army of, Andinla, The Filippinas, Wehraboos, Volaworand, Belschaft, Sandaoguo, Farengeto, Ebonhand, Auphelia, Tepertopia, Kandorith, Phanama, Holy Free, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, Purple Hyacinth, Bartonia Nova, Brunier, Doraya, Terran Draconia, Rebel-topia, Tsvetania, Marinho Islands, Sedunn, Nowa Europa, Vanbella, The SpaceNeo-Goryeo Etymological Society, Los Rodeos, Apartment 11F, WI SD EA D, Yellunstryer, Beepee, The Imperial Frost Federation, Roterdamia, and 60 others.Holota, Treir, Ceutalia, Blondiesland, Playing Pianos Filled With Flames, Wakandan Tribes, Lionstrapower, Truskawkoland, Qawe, Eskvenn, LadyRebels, The Altan, Seythennia, Doge Land, Scu Greinne, Pencil Sharpeners 2, NIGHTRAY, Libedistan, Westenhald, Sapientiano, Carrelie, Gonrati, Noimosini, The United Australian States, Populaa, Freavia, Ipugao, East Nagaland, Alambar, Kaoia, Hong Kong Kowloon and New Territories, JavaSiege, Rhetiaa, Kaleidescooptopia, Steviland, Beblahbleblo, Tierra del Rey Carlos, Agletgreenia, Eastern Mekong, Fighting Kawi Ninja, Green Sofia, Freedoom, Tackastan, Solanosco, Galebland, Danily, The Stickmin Empire, Esfalsa, Vicken, Shuckle Empire, Nyxonia, Bizzie, The Kies, Linguiniland, The American Anarchist Empire, New Sanet, Kiani, Anatasha, Northern Estrian Islands, and Osheiga.

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