by Max Barry

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 608thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,167thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,484th
The Constitutional Monarchy of
New York Times Democracy
King Edvard Cobastheian II
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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New Cobastheia

Population14.919 billion

CapitalCobast City
LeaderKing Edvard Cobastheian II

CurrencyBasthen Sheet
AnimalGrey Dragon Owl

The Constitutional Monarchy of New Cobastheia is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by King Edvard Cobastheian II with a fair hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, smutty television, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 14.919 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 97.8%.

The all-consuming Cobastheian economy, worth a remarkable 2,027 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 135,914 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 5,103rd in the world and 177th in The East Pacific for Most Secular, with 98.15 Atheism Rate.

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Safest: 2,674thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,703rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,564thMost Influential: 3,909thLargest Governments: 4,018thLowest Crime Rates: 4,125thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,181stMost Pacifist: 4,228thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,407thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,443rdMost Beautiful Environments: 4,531stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,827thMost Secular: 5,103rdSmartest Citizens: 5,824thMost Cultured: 5,876thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,910thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,983rdBest Weather: 8,059thHighest Economic Output: 8,166thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,641stMost Subsidized Industry: 9,796thMost Inclusive: 9,796thMost Developed: 10,353rdHealthiest Citizens: 10,518thTop
Nicest Citizens: 12,312thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,259thMost Stationary: 13,965thMost Compassionate Citizens: 16,132ndLargest Populations: 16,646thHighest Average Incomes: 17,917thLargest Publishing Industry: 23,549th
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 22nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 27th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 51st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 66th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 83rd in the regionSafest: 85th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 107th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 108th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 116th in the regionLargest Governments: 120th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 130th in the regionMost Pacifist: 132nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 135th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 135th in the regionLargest Populations: 141st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 143rd in the regionMost Cultured: 151st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 156th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 169th in the regionMost Secular: 177th in the regionMost Stationary: 186th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 198th in the regionBest Weather: 248th in the regionMost Influential: 261st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 297th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 303rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 310th in the regionMost Developed: 313th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 317th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 342nd in the regionNudest: 358th in the regionNicest Citizens: 383rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 389th in the regionTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 514th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 528th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 668th in the region

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