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Most Influential: 159thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,691stSafest: 5,203rd
The State of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Nakh drokh braha Satrehaar
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population9.921 billion

LeaderRikard Vulf Dorias

AnimalMountain Jay

The State of Ostehaar is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Rikard Vulf Dorias with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, anti-smoking policies, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 9.921 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, socially-minded 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 68.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Oster economy, worth 774 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 78,085 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 114,662nd in the world and 88th in The Western Isles for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 161.5 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Most Influential: 159thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,691stSafest: 5,203rdMost Stationary: 7,771stBest Weather: 7,966thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,238thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,784thTop
Most Secular: 9,896thNicest Citizens: 9,987thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,101stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,334thSmartest Citizens: 13,003rdHealthiest Citizens: 14,548thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,486thMost Pacifist: 16,283rdLongest Average Lifespans: 17,122ndMost Advanced Public Education: 17,209thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,478thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,525th
Most Influential: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the region

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