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The Hyperborean State of Ostrinios

“Carthago delenda est !”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Newcomer

Location: Balder



Population8.674 billion

LeaderOstyhan Ier


The Hyperborean State of Ostrinios is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Ostyhan Ier with a fair hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, digital currency, and prohibition of alcohol. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 8.674 billion Ostriniosians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ostrinopolis. The average income tax rate is 56.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Ostriniosian economy, worth a remarkable 2,032 trillion Aurums a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 234,329 Aurums, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.6 times as much as the poorest.

Families returning from international vacations are unable to get their children back into the country, CEOs are forced to cut coupons during important conference calls to make ends meet, a ban on unsolicited cold calling in all forms is in effect, and drawing men's naughty bits isn't considered to be art. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Ostrinios's national animal is the Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Ostriniosism.

Ostrinios is ranked 10,266th in the world and 519th in Balder for Longest Average Lifespans, with 85.62 Years.

Most Influential: 387thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 547thRudest Citizens: 669thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 829thLargest Information Technology Sector: 833rdLargest Black Market: 887thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 908thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,051stTop
Most Cultured: 2,199thMost Devout: 2,241stHealthiest Citizens: 2,740thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,013thHighest Average Incomes: 3,520thSmartest Citizens: 4,183rdLowest Crime Rates: 4,813thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,164thMost Developed: 5,212thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,413thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,715thHighest Economic Output: 5,886thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,045thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,757thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,007thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 7,826thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,040thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,266thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,428thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,343rd
Most Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 19th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19th in the regionRudest Citizens: 23rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 39th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 41st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 47th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 89th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 112th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 113th in the regionMost Devout: 114th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 152nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 161st in the regionMost Developed: 224th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 235th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 237th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 254th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 273rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 273rd in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 314th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 333rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 340th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 345th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 415th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 519th in the region

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