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The State of Ostehaar

“Nakh drokh braha Satrehaar”

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

Regional Influence: Dealmaker

Location: The Western Isles



Population11.372 billion

LeaderRikard Vulf Dorias

AnimalMountain Jay

The State of Ostehaar is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Rikard Vulf Dorias with a fair hand, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, infamous sell-swords, and frequent executions. The compassionate, democratic population of 11.372 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 enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Porohare. The average income tax rate is 72.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Oster economy, worth 863 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 75,975 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 very 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 220,697th in the world and 170th in The Western Isles for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -14.43 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Most Influential: 200thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,531stSafest: 5,153rdBest Weather: 6,831stMost Beautiful Environments: 7,079thMost Stationary: 7,246thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,332ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,001stMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,764thNicest Citizens: 11,141stTop
Most Secular: 11,672ndSmartest Citizens: 13,141stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,601stMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,928thHealthiest Citizens: 15,123rdMost Advanced Public Education: 15,447thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,479thMost Cultured: 17,846thMost Pacifist: 18,239thLowest Crime Rates: 18,319thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,245thHighest Economic Output: 19,865thMost Inclusive: 20,007thLargest Publishing Industry: 20,084thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,295thLeast Corrupt Governments: 20,674thLargest Information Technology Sector: 21,057thLargest Populations: 22,510th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionTop
Safest: 13th in the region

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