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Most Influential: 201stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,893rdSafest: 5,146th
The State of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Nakh drokh braha Satrehaar
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population11.308 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 renowned for its complete lack of prisons, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 11.308 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 72.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Oster economy, worth 852 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 75,430 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 189,769th in the world and 162nd in The Western Isles for Rudest Citizens, with 23.98 Insults Per Minute.

Most Influential: 201stTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,893rdSafest: 5,146thBest Weather: 6,865thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,096thMost Stationary: 7,269thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,444thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,990thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,717thTop
Nicest Citizens: 11,067thMost Secular: 11,597thSmartest Citizens: 13,131stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,693rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,012thHealthiest Citizens: 15,093rdMost Advanced Public Education: 15,554thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,539thMost Cultured: 17,833rdLowest Crime Rates: 18,178thMost Pacifist: 18,197thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,171stMost Inclusive: 19,919thHighest Economic Output: 20,081stMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,183rdLargest Publishing Industry: 20,211thLeast Corrupt Governments: 20,850thLargest Information Technology Sector: 21,146th
Most Influential: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionTop
Safest: 13th in the region

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