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Most Influential: 179thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,998thSafest: 5,279th
The State of
Democratic Socialists
Nakh drokh braha Satrehaar
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population12.609 billion

LeaderRikard Vulf Dorias

AnimalMountain Jay

The State of Ostehaar is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Rikard Vulf Dorias with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 12.609 billion Osters are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Porohare. The average income tax rate is 76.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Oster economy, worth 944 trillion Krotas a year, is highly specialized and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 74,902 Krotas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Members of Parliament operate under a PAYE scheme, the welfare administration's new sweeping authority has forced the poor and needy to shop from pre-approved grocery lists, factories grind to a halt every time there is an election, and the government has cut taxes in the face of widespread tax evasion. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ostehaar's national animal is the Mountain Jay, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Ostehaar is ranked 78,430th in the world and 112th in The Western Isles for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 0.87 Bank.

Most Influential: 179thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,998thSafest: 5,279thBest Weather: 6,370thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,680thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,868thMost Stationary: 6,910thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,640thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,332ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,001stNicest Citizens: 11,708thTop
Most Secular: 12,181stMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,080thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,591stSmartest Citizens: 13,759thHealthiest Citizens: 15,183rdLongest Average Lifespans: 15,611thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17,903rdLowest Crime Rates: 18,057thMost Cultured: 18,085thMost Pacifist: 18,767thHighest Economic Output: 19,682ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 20,010thMost Inclusive: 20,499thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21,004thMost Scientifically Advanced: 21,079thLeast Corrupt Governments: 22,167thLargest Information Technology Sector: 22,278thLargest Populations: 22,645thMost Income Equality: 24,036th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionTop
Safest: 13th in the region

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