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Most Influential: 222nd Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,210th Safest: 5,693rd
The State of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Nakh drokh braha Satrehaar
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population7.454 billion

LeaderRikard Vulf Dorias

AnimalMountain Jay

The State of Ostehaar is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Rikard Vulf Dorias with a fair hand, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, infamous sell-swords, and ubiquitous missile silos. The compassionate, democratic population of 7.454 billion Osters love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Porohare. The average income tax rate is 66.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Oster economy, worth 552 trillion Krotas a year, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 74,154 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 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 148,266th in the world and 200th in The Western Isles for Highest Crime Rates, with 1.98 Crimes Per Hour.

Most Influential: 222ndTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,210thSafest: 5,693rdTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 8,566thMost Stationary: 9,282ndMost Secular: 9,391stBest Weather: 9,527thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,705thNicest Citizens: 10,008thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,698thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,836thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,482ndMost Pacifist: 14,292ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14,324thSmartest Citizens: 14,338thHealthiest Citizens: 15,442nd
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 6th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 25th in the region

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