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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,521stMost Secular: 3,552ndMost Patriotic: 3,555th
The Armed Republic of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Hedgehogs are people too
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Ostrogothaland

Population2.131 billion

CapitalLinköping
LeaderTage Danielsson
FaithMosebacke Monarki

CurrencyOstras
AnimalHedgehog

The Armed Republic of Ostrogothaland is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Tage Danielsson with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, digital currency, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.131 billion Ostrogoths are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, 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 71.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ostrogothalandian economy, worth 325 trillion Ostras a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Furniture Restoration, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 152,916 Ostras, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

The government seizes private property for the 'good of the people', people who make the leader's blood boil get boiled, a fashion designer has been arrested for inciting hatred after claiming redheads couldn't pull off vermillion, and unemployed accountants keep double-entry ledgers of their benefit claims. 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 39,993rd in the world and 731st in the West Pacific for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 4.14 Bank.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,521stMost Secular: 3,552ndMost Patriotic: 3,555thMost Influential: 3,904thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,956thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,821stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,519thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,688thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,154thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,612thLowest Crime Rates: 9,051stLargest Black Market: 9,951stHealthiest Citizens: 10,034thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,610thTop
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Most Conservative: 11,127thMost Developed: 11,933rdLongest Average Lifespans: 12,411thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,052ndHighest Average Incomes: 13,604thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,960thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,813thLargest Governments: 18,178thMost Efficient Economies: 19,232ndLargest Mining Sector: 19,809thSmartest Citizens: 21,435th
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 70th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 71st in the regionMost Patriotic: 74th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 85th in the regionMost Secular: 94th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 97th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 97th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 108th in the regionMost Influential: 114th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 119th in the regionLargest Black Market: 133rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 196th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 226th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 248th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 255th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 273rd in the regionMost Developed: 278th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 283rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 301st in the regionMost Conservative: 343rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 355th in the regionLargest Governments: 359th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 372nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 377th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 379th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 479th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 491st in the region

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