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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 671stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,275thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,625th
The Constitutional Monarchy of
New York Times Democracy
King Edvard Cobastheian II
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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New Cobastheia

Population14.078 billion

CapitalCobast City
LeaderKing Edvard Cobastheian II

CurrencyBasthen Sheet
AnimalGrey Dragon Owl

The Constitutional Monarchy of New Cobastheia is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by King Edvard Cobastheian II with a fair hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 14.078 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 97.6%.

The all-consuming Cobastheian economy, worth a remarkable 1,938 trillion Basthen Sheets a year, is quite 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 137,699 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 154,151st in the world and 6,090th in The East Pacific for Most Corrupt Governments, with 1.36 Kickbacks Per Hour.

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Most Advanced Public Education: 2,482ndSafest: 2,652ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,688thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,478thMost Influential: 3,610thLargest Governments: 3,962ndLowest Crime Rates: 3,968thMost Pacifist: 3,975thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,227thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,345thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,350thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,691stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,860thMost Secular: 5,096thSmartest Citizens: 5,630thMost Cultured: 5,743rdLongest Average Lifespans: 5,787thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,864thHighest Economic Output: 8,183rdHighest Poor Incomes: 8,621stBest Weather: 8,705thMost Inclusive: 9,345thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,014thHealthiest Citizens: 10,129thMost Developed: 11,470thTop
Nicest Citizens: 12,005thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,605thMost Stationary: 14,587thMost Compassionate Citizens: 15,871stLargest Populations: 16,915thHighest Average Incomes: 17,199thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,811th
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 21st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 28th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 52nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 67th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 78th in the regionSafest: 81st in the regionTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 102nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 107th in the regionLargest Governments: 109th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 110th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 112th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 125th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 133rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 139th in the regionLargest Populations: 142nd in the regionMost Cultured: 143rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 149th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 151st in the regionMost Secular: 162nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 176th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 180th in the regionMost Stationary: 197th in the regionMost Influential: 229th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 265th in the regionBest Weather: 270th in the regionMost Inclusive: 294th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 300th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 302nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 315th in the regionMost Developed: 347th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 365th in the regionNicest Citizens: 403rd in the regionNudest: 475th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 489th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 494th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 531st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 850th in the region

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