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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 903rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,635thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,677th
The Republic of
Democratic Socialists
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Civil Rights
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Qastari

Population16.41 billion

CapitalDrakhas
LeaderAriya Mareqi

CurrencyQastari Dollar
AnimalSnake

The Republic of Qastari is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Ariya Mareqi with an even hand, and remarkable for its national health service, sprawling nuclear power plants, and compulsory gun ownership. The compassionate, cheerful population of 16.41 billion Qastarians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, corrupt, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, with Healthcare, Administration, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Drakhas. The average income tax rate is 99.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Qastarian economy, worth a remarkable 3,235 trillion Qastari Dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 197,142 Qastari Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A favorite "life hack" for gap year backpackers is to pretend to be homeless for government handouts, government fact-checkers use surprising amounts of high explosive, home renovation projects take decades to complete, and young children are learning advanced physics to scientifically disprove the existence of Santa Claus. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Qastari's national animal is the Snake, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Qastari is ranked 275,754th in the world and 54th in Selene for Most Pro-Market, scoring -82.56 on the Rand Index.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 903rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,635thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,677thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,901stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,139thMost Developed: 2,156thLargest Governments: 2,177thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,330thMost Inclusive: 2,401stNicest Citizens: 2,419thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,425thLowest Crime Rates: 2,438thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,808thTop
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Highest Food Quality: 3,442ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,515thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,568thSmartest Citizens: 3,639thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,668thHealthiest Citizens: 3,691stMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,830thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,404thSafest: 4,474thMost Influential: 4,854thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,866thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,006thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,168thMost Efficient Economies: 5,647thMost Cultured: 6,014thHighest Economic Output: 6,439thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,004thMost Stationary: 7,199thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,416thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,126thHighest Average Incomes: 10,377thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,885thMost Secular: 10,905thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,628thBest Weather: 12,352ndMost Armed: 14,242ndTop
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Most Income Equality: 16,560thMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,996thMost Patriotic: 22,368thLargest Populations: 22,703rd
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Largest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Patriotic: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionSafest: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the region

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