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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 616thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,178thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,456th
The Constitutional Monarchy of
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King Edvard Cobastheian II
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New Cobastheia

Population15.508 billion

CapitalCobast City
LeaderKing Edvard Cobastheian II

CurrencyBasthen Sheet
AnimalGrey Dragon Owl

The Constitutional Monarchy of New Cobastheia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by King Edvard Cobastheian II with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, anti-smoking policies, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 15.508 billion Cobastheians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

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 2,114 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 136,350 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 148,302nd in the world and 4,239th in The East Pacific for Most Corrupt Governments, with 1.29 kickbacks per hour.

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Nicest Citizens: 12,019thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,008thMost Stationary: 13,141stMost Compassionate Citizens: 15,632ndLargest Populations: 16,265thHighest Average Incomes: 17,775thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,873rd
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Most Advanced Public Education: 70th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 78th in the regionSafest: 91st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 112th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 113th in the regionLargest Governments: 118th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 122nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 131st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 134th in the regionLargest Populations: 136th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 137th in the regionMost Pacifist: 137th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 147th in the regionMost Cultured: 153rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 157th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 157th in the regionMost Secular: 177th in the regionMost Stationary: 180th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 194th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 243rd in the regionBest Weather: 255th in the regionMost Influential: 261st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 291st in the regionMost Developed: 297th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 298th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 315th in the regionMost Inclusive: 323rd in the regionNudest: 324th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 326th in the regionTop
Nicest Citizens: 391st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 392nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 506th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 530th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 538th in the region

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