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The Republic of Abarastan

“Salus populi suprema lex esto!”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Lazarus



Population26.936 billion


Currencyabarastan ducat

The Republic of Abarastan is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and remarkable for its state-planned economy, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 26.936 billion Abarastanians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large, socially-minded, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Welfare, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense receive no funds. The average income tax rate is 95.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Abarastanian economy, worth a remarkable 4,860 trillion abarastan ducats 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 led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is an impressive 180,446 abarastan ducats, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sales of pregnancy testing kits are booming, the subway is dead quiet in early afternoons, kids laugh off vandalism and arson as "just fun", and therapists can always squeeze in another house-call. Crime is totally unknown. Abarastan's national animal is the dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Abarastan is ranked 15,292nd in the world and 274th in Lazarus for Most Politically Free, scoring 84.86 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Least Corrupt Governments: 166thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 185thMost Rebellious Youth: 198thMost Cheerful Citizens: 252ndNicest Citizens: 323rdMost Pacifist: 332ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 403rdSafest: 438thHealthiest Citizens: 475thLargest Publishing Industry: 589thMost Cultured: 604thMost Developed: 605thLongest Average Lifespans: 692ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,392ndLargest Welfare Programs: 1,395thSmartest Citizens: 1,790thHighest Economic Output: 1,903rdTop
Most Inclusive: 2,074thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,171stBest Weather: 2,200thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,650thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,654thLargest Populations: 3,005thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,061stMost Beautiful Environments: 3,164thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,267thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,182ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,315thLargest Governments: 4,448thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,704thHighest Average Incomes: 8,349thMost Secular: 9,292ndTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 12,883rdMost Income Equality: 14,810thMost Politically Free: 15,292ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15,517thMost Efficient Economies: 16,935thMost Influential: 16,987thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,570th
Least Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Pacifist: 12th in the regionSafest: 20th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 21st in the regionMost Developed: 21st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 25th in the regionMost Cultured: 27th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 29th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 67th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 73rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 76th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 89th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 91st in the regionLargest Populations: 96th in the regionBest Weather: 108th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 108th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 116th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 139th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 150th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 160th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 165th in the regionLargest Governments: 226th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 227th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 242nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 274th in the regionTop
Most Income Equality: 408th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 428th in the regionMost Influential: 458th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 465th in the regionMost Secular: 484th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 659th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 726th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Abarastan, therapists can always squeeze in another house-call.
  • : Following new legislation in Abarastan, kids laugh off vandalism and arson as "just fun".
  • : Following new legislation in Abarastan, the subway is dead quiet in early afternoons.
  • : Following new legislation in Abarastan, sales of pregnancy testing kits are booming.
  • : Following new legislation in Abarastan, rebuilding efforts for a recently destroyed cathedral aren't expected to be completed for another century.
  • : Following new legislation in Abarastan, a government program is underway to revitalize Abarastan's beaches.
  • : Following new legislation in Abarastan, pedal-powered removal vans are a popular Maxxmas gift for the children of separated parents.
  • : Following new legislation in Abarastan, crowds of flag-burning protesters tend to accidentally become crowds of burning protesters.
  • : Following new legislation in Abarastan, visiting dignitaries make excuses to leave functions early and head to the nearest pub.
  • : Following new legislation in Abarastan, the nation locks people up and tells them they're mad for compassion's sake.


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