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The Commonwealth of East Stederland

“People outnumbered by trees since 1742”

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Forest

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East Stederland

Population1.53 billion

CapitalSteder City
LeaderYour mom

Currencyacorn
Animaltree

The Commonwealth of East Stederland is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Your mom with an even hand, and renowned for its avant-garde cinema, parental licensing program, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate population of 1.53 billion East Stederlandians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The enormous, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Steder City. The average income tax rate is 82.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse East Stederlandian economy, worth 112 trillion acorns a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 73,340 acorns, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Town nameplates frequently raise giggles from passing tourists, a performance of the hit musical "Mamma Tua" has been delayed after squatters were found sleeping in the orchestra pit, most people suffer from some form of hearing loss, and t-shirts displaying a photo of Your mom performing the Full-Monty are selling out. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. East Stederland's national animal is the tree, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

East Stederland is ranked 156,162nd in the world and 210th in Forest for Most Primitive, scoring -70.21 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Top
1%
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,145thTop
5%
Largest Welfare Programs: 2,691stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,357thMost Influential: 4,877thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,604thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,664thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,379thNicest Citizens: 6,602ndMost Pacifist: 6,813thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,000thBest Weather: 7,329thMost Inclusive: 7,486thLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,597thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,536thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,786thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,211thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,811thMost Secular: 12,274thTop
10%
Most Advanced Public Transport: 13,278thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,054thMost Cultured: 14,698thHealthiest Citizens: 15,051stSafest: 16,788thMost Income Equality: 18,404thLargest Governments: 18,962ndLowest Crime Rates: 19,799thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,886thSmartest Citizens: 22,759thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 24,511th
Top
10%
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 30th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 43rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : East Stederland was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Following new legislation in East Stederland, t-shirts displaying a photo of Your mom performing the Full-Monty are selling out.
  • : Following new legislation in East Stederland, most people suffer from some form of hearing loss.
  • : Following new legislation in East Stederland, a performance of the hit musical "Mamma Tua" has been delayed after squatters were found sleeping in the orchestra pit.
  • : East Stederland voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Freedom Of Association".
  • : Following new legislation in East Stederland, town nameplates frequently raise giggles from passing tourists.
  • : Following new legislation in East Stederland, the government is giving peace a chance.
  • : Following new legislation in East Stederland, extreme political groups are outlawed.
  • : East Stederland was reclassified from "Left-wing Utopia" to "Scandinavian Liberal Paradise".
  • : Following new legislation in East Stederland, foreign policy is mostly just to smile and hope for the best.

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