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Rudest Citizens: 370thLargest Retail Industry: 680thHighest Crime Rates: 722nd
The Most Serene Republic of
The Free Market knows best!
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Population1.348 billion

CapitalOld Gastenburg
LeaderHead of the Great Council Wilhelm Kessel

CurrencyGastenburg Gold Mark

The Most Serene Republic of Gastenburg is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Head of the Great Council Wilhelm Kessel with a fair hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, sprawling nuclear power plants, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 1.348 billion Gastenburgians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Industry, although Education is also considered important, while Welfare and Law & Order aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Old Gastenburg. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Gastenburgian economy, worth 273 trillion Gastenburg Gold Marks a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 202,779 Gastenburg Gold Marks, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,204,790 per year while the poor average 15,670, a ratio of 76.9 to 1.

Foreign 'investors' have been taking a great interest in the new secret shuttle, the television adaptation of Jennifer Government is the most popular program in the nation, it is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations, and young girls and senior citizens alike can be spotted wearing colourful short shorts. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Gastenburg's national animal is the Thrush, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Capitalism.

Gastenburg is ranked 134,779th in the world and 4,506th in the West Pacific for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 223.91 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

Rudest Citizens: 370thLargest Retail Industry: 680thHighest Crime Rates: 722ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 955thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,044thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,079thFattest Citizens: 1,179thMost Armed: 1,196thMost Avoided: 1,402ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,632ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,711thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,039thTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 2,267thMost Influential: 2,432ndHighest Drug Use: 2,692ndLargest Mining Sector: 3,133rdMost Rebellious Youth: 3,168thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,191stMost Efficient Economies: 4,082ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,746thLargest Insurance Industry: 4,965thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,072ndMost Secular: 5,677thHighest Average Incomes: 6,086thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6,157thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,728thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,557thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,847thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,439thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,930thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 12,065thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,650thMost Pro-Market: 12,852ndLargest Publishing Industry: 13,569thMost Cultured: 13,576thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 13,880thSmartest Citizens: 15,002ndMost Extensive Civil Rights: 15,372nd
Rudest Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 11th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 19th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 20th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 21st in the regionMost Armed: 24th in the regionFattest Citizens: 25th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 25th in the regionMost Avoided: 30th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 30th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 34th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 38th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 41st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 45th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 52nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 63rd in the regionTop
Most Influential: 73rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 75th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 75th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 87th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 112th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 126th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 131st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 160th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 166th in the regionMost Secular: 172nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 172nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 176th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 184th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 188th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 213th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 216th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 225th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 253rd in the regionMost Cultured: 289th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 290th in the regionNudest: 296th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 331st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 338th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 378th in the regionLargest Black Market: 508th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 586th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Gastenburg, young girls and senior citizens alike can be spotted wearing colourful short shorts.
  • : Following new legislation in Gastenburg, it is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations.
  • : Following new legislation in Gastenburg, the television adaptation of Jennifer Government is the most popular program in the nation.
  • : Gastenburg endorsed The Allied States of Dankinsted.
  • : Gastenburg was endorsed by The Allied States of Dankinsted.
  • : Following new legislation in Gastenburg, foreign 'investors' have been taking a great interest in the new secret shuttle.
  • : Gastenburg voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Forced Blood Sports".
  • : Following new legislation in Gastenburg, the tenet of free speech is held dear.
  • : Following new legislation in Gastenburg, printing out government documents requires the approval of at least three admins.
  • : Following new legislation in Gastenburg, freighter lifeboats have been replaced by state of the art marker buoys so divers can recover the cargo after they sink.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 115 » Bran Astor, The Holy Principality of Saint Mark, Dalimbar, Saint Philip and Laurence, Greynne, Bhang Bhang Duc, Fujai, Dilber, Big Bad Badger, The Unified Missourtama States, The United Republic of Westend, Albyion Kingdom, Arnic, Divina Patriae, Redenya, Recuecn, Akshireuya, Psikuta, Tropical Isles, Greg Tucker, Sindria, Wickedly evil people, Mathematania, Condonohia, Mirchusko, Westwind, Starblazer, Kisovec, Cro Magnon, Moriari, United Adaikes, Fuentana, Loegries, Pandaland II, The Fourth Redoubt, Gryphonian Alliance, Pernacyvokya, Win Mints, Atheist States of Philippines, Sensorland, Fielure, Cryland, Euarsia, Q The Almighty, Shaktirajya, New Democratic Republic of Russia, Oronia, Quevilis, Surroosia, Kittenlicious, and 65 others.Scationtanland, The Northeastern Confederation, Ferroia, Ellcrys, San Mazer, Papercuts and Skittles, BoxcarJim, Bigstickistan, Fallgriffin, Pandaland III, Kiensu, Nieubasria, Pi Island, Einherfell, Fumafuma, Holmani, Constantinopolisia, Kalla, Arracrania, Democratic Peoples Freedonia, The Undivided, Twisted Duality, Shirwan, New Kigali, IndyCar Racing, Liberillia, Av Libertas Vindex, Zoran, Eienn, Plankstein, Numpties, Comia Noracon, United Auroran Republic, Mediobogdum, Reklim, Hiems, Mercia Regnum, Nedtherland, DiscGolfLand, Wigglers, Durtoss, The Antarctic Empires, Anuubis, Saransh, The Free States of Gotham, Eleftherios venizelos, Novasamita, Baleholm, Western End Them Son, Acropylae, Marshalia, Eskaton, Neon Sweden, The Paradise of Jeff Bezos, Bar Sing Chul, Volkason, Fallen Iron Duke, Rikanhimel, Wyndward, Giovanniland, Oometz, Willow Gate, Aluminum Oxynitride, The Citizens of Victoria, and Dankinsted.

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