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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

Population11.346 billion

CapitalPorohare
LeaderRikard Vulf Dorias

CurrencyKrota
AnimalMountain Jay

The State of Ostehaar is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Rikard Vulf Dorias with a fair hand, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, infamous sell-swords, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, democratic population of 11.346 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 862 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 202nd in the world and 2nd in The Western Isles for Most Influential, scoring 237,720 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Most Influential: 202ndTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,667thSafest: 5,138thBest Weather: 6,813thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,079thMost Stationary: 7,259thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,336thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,982ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,739thTop
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Nicest Citizens: 11,118thMost Secular: 11,620thSmartest Citizens: 13,122ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,564thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,874thHealthiest Citizens: 15,088thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,439thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,455thMost Cultured: 17,761stMost Pacifist: 18,163rdLowest Crime Rates: 18,265thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,128thHighest Economic Output: 19,902ndMost Inclusive: 19,923rdLargest Publishing Industry: 20,018thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,204thLeast Corrupt Governments: 20,587thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,974th
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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: 13th in the region

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