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The Republic of Abarastan

“Salus populi suprema lex esto!”

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

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Lazarus

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Abarastan

Population25.459 billion

LeaderLeader

Currencyabarastan ducat
Animaldragon

The Republic of Abarastan is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, keen interest in outer space, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 25.459 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, although Environment, Welfare, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense aren't funded at all. The average income tax rate is 95.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Abarastanian economy, worth a remarkable 4,556 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 178,967 abarastan ducats, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children are disappointed to learn that cavemen never had a yabba-dabba-doo time riding dinosaurs to work, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller, fair-weather fans talk during plays while die-hard theatre enthusiasts stay at home, and the government prides itself on being smug and condescending to idiots. Crime is totally unknown. Abarastan's national animal is the dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Abarastan is ranked 58,478th in the world and 2,161st in Lazarus for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 66.14 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

Top
1%
Least Corrupt Governments: 156thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 170thMost Rebellious Youth: 200thMost Cheerful Citizens: 253rdNicest Citizens: 301stMost Compassionate Citizens: 376thMost Pacifist: 431stSafest: 441stHealthiest Citizens: 456thLargest Publishing Industry: 544thMost Cultured: 568thMost Stationary: 809thMost Developed: 1,026thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,286thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,494thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,627thTop
5%
Smartest Citizens: 1,701stHighest Economic Output: 1,765thMost Inclusive: 1,929thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,980thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,138thBest Weather: 2,161stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,708thLargest Populations: 2,989thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,043rdMost Beautiful Environments: 3,112thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,256thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,479thLargest Governments: 4,491stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,960thMost Income Equality: 6,142ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,546thMost Secular: 7,859thHighest Average Incomes: 7,879thTop
10%
Most Influential: 9,387thMost Politically Free: 10,312thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12,549thLowest Crime Rates: 13,048thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,449th
Top
1%
Least Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6th in the regionNicest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Pacifist: 13th in the regionMost Stationary: 14th in the regionMost Cultured: 17th in the regionSafest: 19th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 20th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 20th in the regionMost Developed: 32nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 47th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 58th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 71st in the regionTop
5%
Highest Economic Output: 77th in the regionMost Inclusive: 81st in the regionBest Weather: 88th in the regionLargest Populations: 89th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 92nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 94th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 107th in the regionMost Income Equality: 123rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 140th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 151st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 151st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 202nd in the regionMost Influential: 241st in the regionLargest Governments: 247th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 269th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 333rd in the regionTop
10%
Most Politically Free: 398th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 400th in the regionMost Secular: 407th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 411th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 593rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 597th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Abarastan was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport.
  • : Abarastan was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport and the Top 10% for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Abarastan, the government prides itself on being smug and condescending to idiots.
  • : Following new legislation in Abarastan, fair-weather fans talk during plays while die-hard theatre enthusiasts stay at home.
  • : Following new legislation in Abarastan, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller.
  • : Following new legislation in Abarastan, children are disappointed to learn that cavemen never had a yabba-dabba-doo time riding dinosaurs to work.
  • : Abarastan was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport.
  • : Abarastan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Abarastan, male cubicle workers stand up every time a woman enters the room.
  • : Following new legislation in Abarastan, the volume of paperwork used to complete a single environmental assessment defeats the purpose.

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