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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,390thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,406thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,550th
The Armed Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Hedgehogs are people too
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population4.48 billion

LeaderTage Danielsson
FaithMosebacke Monarki


The Armed Republic of Ostrogothaland is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Tage Danielsson with an iron fist, and remarkable for its public floggings, pith helmet sales, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 4.48 billion Ostrogoths are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Linköping. The average income tax rate is 88.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ostrogothalandian economy, worth 887 trillion Ostras a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Furniture Restoration. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 198,051 Ostras, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Anyone dissenting from the state ideology is declared "mentally ill" and whisked away in a straitjacket, the nation's weary schoolchildren excel at sport but must count scores on their fingers, the nation's industries are scrambling to switch to biodegradable plastics, and homeowners are evicted to make way for new runways. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ostrogothaland's national animal is the Hedgehog, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Mosebacke Monarki.

Ostrogothaland is ranked 174,211th in the world and 5,996th in the West Pacific for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring zero on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,390thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,406thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,550thMost Patriotic: 2,579thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,251stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,321stHighest Poor Incomes: 3,904thMost Influential: 3,958thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,997thLargest Black Market: 4,828thLowest Crime Rates: 5,484thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,962ndMost Secular: 7,027thHighest Average Incomes: 7,756thHealthiest Citizens: 7,904thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,133rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,200thLargest Governments: 9,572ndMost Developed: 10,075thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,344thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,115thMost Authoritarian: 11,165thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,774thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,879thLargest Mining Sector: 13,388thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,111thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,915thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,706thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,730thSmartest Citizens: 17,451stMost Advanced Public Education: 17,492ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 17,743rdMost Efficient Economies: 18,275thHighest Economic Output: 25,510th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 29th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 38th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 40th in the regionMost Patriotic: 45th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 48th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 61st in the regionLargest Black Market: 69th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 73rd in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 98th in the regionMost Influential: 105th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 119th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 125th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 131st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 134th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 151st in the regionMost Secular: 155th in the regionLargest Governments: 157th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 160th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 170th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 186th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 188th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 198th in the regionMost Developed: 198th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 204th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 211th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 272nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 283rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 294th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 324th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 327th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 347th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 349th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 358th in the regionMost Stationary: 388th in the regionNudest: 400th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 449th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 512th in the regionMost Cultured: 651st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 788th in the regionMost Extreme: 891st in the region

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