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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 624thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,189thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,524th
The Constitutional Monarchy of
New York Times Democracy
King Edvard Cobastheian II
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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New Cobastheia

Population14.342 billion

CapitalCobast City
LeaderKing Edvard Cobastheian II

CurrencyBasthen Sheet
AnimalGrey Dragon Owl

The Constitutional Monarchy of New Cobastheia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by King Edvard Cobastheian II with a fair hand, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, smutty television, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 14.342 billion Cobastheians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cobast City. The average income tax rate is 97.7%.

The all-consuming Cobastheian economy, worth a remarkable 1,963 trillion Basthen Sheets a year, is highly specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 136,892 Basthen Sheets, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens are remarkably well involved in the political process, lobotomised jaywalkers can barely ambulate let alone repeat their offences, a traveller who once stubbed a toe on an Air Brancaland flight has been offered asylum, and machine-peeled candied grapes come in individual packaging for the busy commuter. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. New Cobastheia's national animal is the Grey Dragon Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Atheism.

New Cobastheia is ranked 175,170th in the world and 6,482nd in The East Pacific for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring -4.2 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Most Advanced Public Education: 2,384thSafest: 2,603rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,645thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,327thMost Influential: 3,670thLargest Governments: 3,917thMost Pacifist: 3,990thLowest Crime Rates: 4,000thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,171stLargest Welfare Programs: 4,253rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,282ndMost Beautiful Environments: 4,602ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,818thMost Secular: 5,019thSmartest Citizens: 5,642ndLongest Average Lifespans: 5,742ndMost Cultured: 5,759thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,845thHighest Economic Output: 8,149thBest Weather: 8,583rdMost Inclusive: 9,410thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,442ndMost Developed: 10,087thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,094thHealthiest Citizens: 10,136thTop
Nicest Citizens: 11,942ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,906thMost Stationary: 14,341stMost Compassionate Citizens: 15,670thLargest Populations: 16,744thHighest Average Incomes: 17,487thLargest Publishing Industry: 20,403rd
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 21st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 26th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 51st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 63rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 77th in the regionSafest: 81st in the regionTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 104th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 110th in the regionLargest Governments: 111th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 112th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 122nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 128th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 132nd in the regionLargest Populations: 139th in the regionMost Pacifist: 142nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 144th in the regionMost Cultured: 145th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 153rd in the regionMost Secular: 159th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 178th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 188th in the regionMost Stationary: 193rd in the regionMost Influential: 249th in the regionBest Weather: 272nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 291st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 297th in the regionMost Inclusive: 303rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 313th in the regionMost Developed: 315th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 322nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 375th in the regionNicest Citizens: 400th in the regionTop
Nudest: 470th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 517th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 542nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 569th in the region

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