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Most Scientifically Advanced: 54thMost Cultured: 75thMost Efficient Economies: 84th
The Council Republic of
New York Times Democracy
A Life For The People
Influence
Handshaker
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Greater Istanistan

Population16.095 billion

CapitalTannhauser
LeaderSteering Committee
FaithThe Shining Way

CurrencyKronen
AnimalForeign Dog

The Council Republic of Greater Istanistan is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Steering Committee with a fair hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, compulsory military service, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, democratic, humorless, devout population of 16.095 billion Istanistanis 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 large, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tannhauser. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Istanistani economy, worth a remarkable 6,942 trillion Kronens a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 431,330 Kronens, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens are exhausted from weekly general elections, election results are often delayed for weeks to count the expat votes, even the nation's brussel sprouts are delicious and nutritious, and cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates. Crime is totally unknown. Greater Istanistan's national animal is the Foreign Dog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Shining Way.

Greater Istanistan is ranked 38,120th in the world and 19th in The Universal Order of Nations for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 3,337.44 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 54thMost Cultured: 75thMost Efficient Economies: 84thMost Subsidized Industry: 100thLargest Governments: 130thSmartest Citizens: 133rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 153rdMost Inclusive: 178thHighest Poor Incomes: 185thMost Advanced Public Education: 295thLowest Crime Rates: 316thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 360thMost Developed: 370thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 379thLongest Average Lifespans: 419thLargest Information Technology Sector: 488thMost Advanced Public Transport: 503rdHighest Average Incomes: 556thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 611thLargest Welfare Programs: 834thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 891stHealthiest Citizens: 934thMost Armed: 959thHighest Economic Output: 989thRudest Citizens: 1,002ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,252ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,336thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,475thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,599thMost Devout: 1,730thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,310thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,837thNudest: 4,367thLargest Mining Sector: 4,451stMost Corrupt Governments: 5,434thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,857thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,066thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,393rdMost Beautiful Environments: 9,103rdMost Rebellious Youth: 9,136thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,200thTop
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Largest Populations: 11,810thMost Valuable International Artwork: 12,372ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14,645thMost Influential: 21,371st
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Politically Free: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionMost Income Equality: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionNudest: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Greater Istanistan, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Greater Istanistan, even the nation's brussel sprouts are delicious and nutritious.
  • : Following new legislation in Greater Istanistan, election results are often delayed for weeks to count the expat votes.
  • : Following new legislation in Greater Istanistan, citizens are exhausted from weekly general elections.
  • : Following new legislation in Greater Istanistan, soldiers on first dates introduce themselves only by their ranks and serial numbers.
  • : Following new legislation in Greater Istanistan, the military is recruiting war criminals to join its weapons research teams.
  • : Following new legislation in Greater Istanistan, students memorise knock-knock jokes for their mandatory twice-a-term Comedy Examinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Greater Istanistan, arbitrary election rules are considered sacrosanct.
  • : Following new legislation in Greater Istanistan, people faint regularly as they get stuck with compulsory vaccinations.
  • : Greater Istanistan voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Ever-Wandering Souls".

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