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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,282ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,415thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,850th
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Population4.555 billion

CapitalBuena Vista
LeaderPresident Urbano


The Confederation of Estandarte is a massive, safe nation, ruled by President Urbano with a fair hand, and remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, aversion to nipples, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 4.555 billion Estandarteans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Buena Vista. The average income tax rate is 87.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Estandartean economy, worth a remarkable 1,358 trillion Pesos a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 298,209 Pesos, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

President Urbano has more friends than ever before, noises louder than a whisper have been prohibited by law, it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma, and the nation's infamous boot camp is more brutal than most battlefields. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Estandarte's national animal is the Capybara, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Romanism.

Estandarte is ranked 266,059th in the world and 12,507th in the South Pacific for Most Beautiful Environments, with 4.4 pounds of wildlife per square mile.

Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,282ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,415thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,850thLargest Retail Industry: 2,088thHighest Average Incomes: 2,336thMost Efficient Economies: 2,346thTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,809thRudest Citizens: 2,853rdLargest Publishing Industry: 2,864thSmartest Citizens: 3,225thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,229thMost Patriotic: 3,366thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,475thMost Developed: 3,616thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,695thMost Influential: 4,098thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,383rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,396thLargest Black Market: 4,546thLargest Governments: 4,771stLongest Average Lifespans: 4,999thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,008thLargest Mining Sector: 5,812thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,007thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,128thLowest Crime Rates: 6,191stHealthiest Citizens: 6,876thMost Inclusive: 7,082ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,094thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,599thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,275thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,889thHighest Food Quality: 10,094thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,632ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,808thMost Secular: 11,169thMost Cultured: 12,368thTop
Highest Economic Output: 14,897thMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,699thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 19,912thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 22,248thLargest Insurance Industry: 22,581st
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 46th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 50th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 52nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 57th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 68th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 70th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 71st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 71st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 77th in the regionMost Patriotic: 78th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 78th in the regionLargest Black Market: 84th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 84th in the regionRudest Citizens: 95th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 95th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 99th in the regionMost Developed: 106th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 113th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 118th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 123rd in the regionLargest Governments: 123rd in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 145th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 159th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 159th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 180th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 200th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 216th in the regionMost Inclusive: 246th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 247th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 258th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 274th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 293rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 308th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 329th in the regionMost Secular: 345th in the regionMost Cultured: 372nd in the regionMost Influential: 475th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 531st in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 634th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 638th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 709th in the regionLargest Populations: 730th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 932nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1,024th in the region

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