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Most Influential: 177thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,962ndSafest: 5,168th
The State of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Nakh drokh braha Satrehaar
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population12.329 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 keen interest in outer space, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 12.329 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 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 74.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Oster economy, worth 951 trillion Krotas a year, is quite specialized and 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 77,190 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 89,204th in the world and 76th in The Western Isles for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 2,285.5 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most Influential: 177thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,962ndSafest: 5,168thBest Weather: 6,666thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,911thMost Stationary: 6,958thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,503rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,816thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,233rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,501stNicest Citizens: 11,575thMost Secular: 12,001stTop
Smartest Citizens: 13,376thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,815thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,901stHealthiest Citizens: 15,002ndLongest Average Lifespans: 15,571stLowest Crime Rates: 17,790thMost Cultured: 17,888thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,141stMost Pacifist: 18,950thHighest Economic Output: 19,154thMost Inclusive: 20,413thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,573rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 21,147thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21,270thLargest Information Technology Sector: 21,331stHighest Average Tax Rates: 21,521stLargest Populations: 22,763rdLargest Publishing Industry: 23,539th
Most Influential: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 5th in the regionTop
Safest: 15th in the region

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