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The State of Ostehaar

“Nakh drokh braha Satrehaar”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Dealmaker

Location: The Western Isles

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Ostehaar

Population10.899 billion

CapitalPorohare
LeaderRikard Vulf Dorias

CurrencyKrota
AnimalMountain Jay

The State of Ostehaar is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Rikard Vulf Dorias with a fair hand, and renowned for its frequent executions, anti-smoking policies, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 10.899 billion Osters 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 government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Porohare. The average income tax rate is 70.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Oster economy, worth 842 trillion Krotas a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 77,339 Krotas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Members of Parliament operate under a PAYE scheme, the welfare administration's new sweeping authority has forced the poor and needy to shop from pre-approved grocery lists, factories grind to a halt every time there is an election, and the government has cut taxes in the face of widespread tax evasion. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ostehaar's national animal is the Mountain Jay, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Ostehaar is ranked 127,862nd in the world and 106th in The Western Isles for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 635.93 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most Influential: 205thTop
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Safest: 5,221stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,721stMost Stationary: 7,364thBest Weather: 7,805thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,873rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,568thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,769thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,803rdTop
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Nicest Citizens: 10,943rdMost Secular: 11,337thSmartest Citizens: 13,056thHealthiest Citizens: 15,190thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,220thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,345thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,070thLongest Average Lifespans: 17,314thMost Cultured: 17,804thLowest Crime Rates: 18,422ndMost Pacifist: 18,522ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,159thLargest Publishing Industry: 19,459thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,012thHighest Economic Output: 20,054thMost Inclusive: 20,057thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20,380th
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Most Influential: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionTop
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Safest: 14th in the region

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