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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,700thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,462ndLargest Publishing Industry: 5,707th
The Federal Republic of
Father Knows Best State
We have the right to Sovereignty, to Live, to Exist!
Prime Minister Amanda Waldron
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Ostellan

Population877 million

CapitalOstbon
LeaderPrime Minister Amanda Waldron

Currency₮heon
AnimalOstellandish Deer

The Federal Republic of Ostellan is a huge, genial nation, ruled by Prime Minister Amanda Waldron with an iron fist, and renowned for its public floggings, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cynical population of 877 million Ostellanders are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ostbon. The average income tax rate is 78.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ostellandish economy, worth 85.4 trillion ₮heons a year, is led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 97,326 ₮heons, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The banshee wail foretells skies of death, fishermen take out second mortgages to afford the yearly fishing permit, inheritance tax has recently been abolished, and ambitious "businessmen" use their children to sell and advertise their products. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ostellan's national animal is the Ostellandish Deer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Ostellan is ranked 26,121st in the world and 757th in the West Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 52.44 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,700thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,462ndLargest Publishing Industry: 5,707thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,659thMost Influential: 7,232ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,050thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,569thMost Secular: 8,613thNicest Citizens: 9,008thHealthiest Citizens: 9,611thTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 10,422ndBest Weather: 11,905thMost Cultured: 12,798thMost Inclusive: 12,895thMost Developed: 13,024thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,065thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,503rdLowest Crime Rates: 13,592ndMost Subsidized Industry: 14,333rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,130thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,413thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,175thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,327thMost Efficient Economies: 17,738thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,899thLargest Governments: 20,292nd
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Largest Welfare Programs: 112th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 122nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 137th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 189th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 204th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 208th in the regionNicest Citizens: 216th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 225th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 231st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 240th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 242nd in the regionMost Secular: 254th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 268th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 273rd in the regionBest Weather: 277th in the regionMost Influential: 281st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 285th in the regionMost Cultured: 285th in the regionTop
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Most Developed: 299th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 301st in the regionMost Inclusive: 342nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 348th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 359th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 382nd in the regionLargest Governments: 398th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 427th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 475th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 550th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 556th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ostellan, ambitious "businessmen" use their children to sell and advertise their products.
  • : Following new legislation in Ostellan, inheritance tax has recently been abolished.
  • : Following new legislation in Ostellan, fishermen take out second mortgages to afford the yearly fishing permit.
  • : Following new legislation in Ostellan, the banshee wail foretells skies of death.
  • : Following new legislation in Ostellan, armed war-criminals gain asylum if deemed 'fabulous' enough.
  • : Ostellan voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Nuremgard".
  • : Ostellan changed its national leader to "Prime Minister Amanda Waldron".
  • : Ostellan voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Integrity in Law Enforcement".
  • : Ostellan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Ostellan altered its national flag.

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