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Safest: 4,325th Largest Publishing Industry: 4,857th Most Cheerful Citizens: 5,844th
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Ostelbia

Population926 million

CapitalHamburg
LeaderNicholas Santa

CurrencyGold Bar
AnimalGhost Reindeer

The Holy Alternate NationStates of Ostelbia is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Nicholas Santa with a fair hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, daily referendums, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 926 million Easter Egg Hunters are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hamburg. The average income tax rate is 72.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ostelbian economy, worth 112 trillion Gold Bars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 121,336 Gold Bars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Children wondering what happens to pets after they die are shown where the compost heap is, citizens are strongly encouraged to breathe less so as to limit the carbon footprint, suburban backyards are seized by the government and turned into national parks, and new pilots are regularly reminded that they are more expendable than their planes. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ostelbia's national animal is the Ghost Reindeer, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Ostelbia is ranked 11,329th in the world and 2nd in New Central European Union for Most Secular, with 86 Atheism Rate.

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Safest: 4,325thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,857thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,844thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,074thNicest Citizens: 6,341stMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,823rdMost Subsidized Industry: 7,351stMost Pacifist: 7,526thMost Inclusive: 8,495thTop
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Most Developed: 10,242ndLongest Average Lifespans: 11,114thMost Secular: 11,329thMost Efficient Economies: 11,604thMost Cultured: 11,846thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,137thBest Weather: 13,139thHealthiest Citizens: 13,230thLargest Retail Industry: 13,576thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,133rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,747thSmartest Citizens: 14,967thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,009thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,251stLowest Crime Rates: 15,479thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,956thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,018th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ostelbia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Inclusive and the Top 10% for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Following new legislation in Ostelbia, new pilots are regularly reminded that they are more expendable than their planes.
  • : Following new legislation in Ostelbia, suburban backyards are seized by the government and turned into national parks.
  • : Following new legislation in Ostelbia, citizens are strongly encouraged to breathe less so as to limit the carbon footprint.
  • : Following new legislation in Ostelbia, children wondering what happens to pets after they die are shown where the compost heap is.
  • : Following new legislation in Ostelbia, the 'three Rs' have become the 'four Rs' with the addition of Rightful Thought.
  • : Following new legislation in Ostelbia, old folks reminisce about the last time someone was acquitted of a crime.
  • : Following new legislation in Ostelbia, politicians always seem to take two steps forward then three steps back.
  • : Following new legislation in Ostelbia, the government helps teach children how to kill a man from six paces.
  • : Following new legislation in Ostelbia, ritual mummification is making a comeback.

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