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Most Rebellious Youth: 9th Largest Information Technology Sector: 38th Largest Publishing Industry: 40th
The Athenian Paradise of
New York Times Democracy
Think, stupid!
Regional Influence
WA Delegate
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

Overview Factbook People Government Economy Rank Trend

The Athenian Paradise of Otaku Stratus is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, notable for its daily referendums, smutty television, and parental licensing program. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless, devout population of 30.811 billion Stratites enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded individuals juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Wisdom City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Stratese economy, worth an astonishing 11,985 trillion sapphires a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Retail. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 389,007 sapphires, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Former arms manufacturing CEOs are now delivering food for minimum wage, school teachers check the staff room for hidden webcams before complaining about rebellious students, cheese has become the new icon of political dissent, and even the nation's brussel sprouts are delicious and nutritious. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. Otaku Stratus's national animal is the lion-griffin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Otaku Stratus is ranked 80th in the world and 1st in Japan for Highest Crime Rates, with 158.54 Crimes Per Hour.

Most Rebellious Youth: 9thLargest Information Technology Sector: 38thLargest Publishing Industry: 40thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 55thLeast Corrupt Governments: 59thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 63rdMost Cultured: 64thMost Scientifically Advanced: 68thHighest Crime Rates: 80thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 81stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 81stMost Stationary: 82ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 86thLargest Retail Industry: 89thMost Armed: 102ndRudest Citizens: 117thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 126thHighest Economic Output: 154thSmartest Citizens: 154thHighest Poor Incomes: 199thMost Devout: 298thLargest Populations: 329thLargest Agricultural Sector: 426thHealthiest Citizens: 428thHighest Average Incomes: 443rdLargest Black Market: 454thNudest: 529thMost Avoided: 629thMost Influential: 943rdTop
Most Efficient Economies: 2,186thMost Developed: 2,553rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,530thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,285thLargest Mining Sector: 6,570thTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 11,761stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,717thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,944th
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Otaku Stratus was endorsed by The Right and the Left Wing of Tink the Imp.
  • : Following new legislation in Otaku Stratus, even the nation's brussel sprouts are delicious and nutritious.
  • : Following new legislation in Otaku Stratus, cheese has become the new icon of political dissent.
  • : Otaku Stratus was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "New York Times Democracy".
  • : Otaku Stratus approved the World Assembly proposal "Limitations on banishment".
  • : Otaku Stratus agreed to construct embassies between Japan and Land of hope and glory.
  • : Following new legislation in Otaku Stratus, school teachers check the staff room for hidden webcams before complaining about rebellious students.
  • : Following new legislation in Otaku Stratus, former arms manufacturing CEOs are now delivering food for minimum wage.
  • : Following new legislation in Otaku Stratus, sexuality-questioning teenagers are placed in locked rooms with dirty magazines and lewd posters.
  • : Otaku Stratus lodged a message on the Japan Regional Message Board.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 13 » Dian, Seafoam Island, Masayoshi, Aratlibia, The Greater Tokyo Area, The Hypercube, Ryuujou, Wopiana, Satan Jacob, Indecent Anime Empire, North Saitama, Hawgovia, and Tink the Imp.
WA update pending: Nation has 12 verified endorsements.

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