by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 163rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,162ndSafest: 5,296th
The State of
Democratic Socialists
Nakh drokh braha Satrehaar
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population12.973 billion

LeaderRikard Vulf Dorias

AnimalMountain Jay

The State of Ostehaar is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Rikard Vulf Dorias with a fair hand, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, compulsory military service, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 12.973 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 75.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Oster economy, worth 994 trillion Krotas a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 76,633 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 30,635th in the world and 38th in The Western Isles for Most Patriotic, with 25.27 Flags saluted per person per day.

Most Influential: 163rdTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,162ndSafest: 5,296thBest Weather: 6,406thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,690thMost Stationary: 6,725thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,084thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,279thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,987thTop
Nicest Citizens: 11,572ndMost Secular: 11,846thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,972ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,980thSmartest Citizens: 13,447thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,661stHealthiest Citizens: 15,062ndLongest Average Lifespans: 15,421stHighest Food Quality: 15,523rdMost Cultured: 17,670thMost Pacifist: 17,859thLowest Crime Rates: 17,923rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,354thLargest Publishing Industry: 18,484thHighest Economic Output: 18,938thMost Inclusive: 20,272ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 20,361stMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,649thLeast Corrupt Governments: 21,093rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21,201stLargest Information Technology Sector: 22,099thLargest Populations: 22,350th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionTop
Safest: 16th in the regionLargest Populations: 19th in the region

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