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The Räterepublik of Russ-Ostland

“True democracy is the established power of the Counsils”

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

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The North Pacific

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Russ-Ostland

Population3.236 billion

CapitalKarl-Marx-Stadt
LeaderCouncil of People's Commissars

Currencyderevyannie
AnimalKulaks

The Räterepublik of Russ-Ostland is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Council of People's Commissars with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.236 billion Russ-Ostlandians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Karl-Marx-Stadt. The average income tax rate is 88.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Russ-Ostlandian economy, worth 461 trillion derevyannies a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 142,583 derevyannies, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Schools have extensive counseling programs for troubled students, there's never a spare chair in the retirement home, people seem disproportionately distraught when told a museum has a phones-off policy, and the Russ-Ostlandian delegation to the World Assembly is having a hard time convincing people that international law will "pay for itself somehow...". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Russ-Ostland's national animal is the Kulaks, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Russ-Ostland is ranked 1,317th in the world and 842nd in The North Pacific for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with 117 Valid Endorsements.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,317thTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 4,064thMost Influential: 4,156thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,150thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,240thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,876thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,191stMost Secular: 7,598thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,699thMost Developed: 7,821stLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,825thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,847thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 8,528thSmartest Citizens: 9,206thLowest Crime Rates: 9,601stLargest Governments: 9,754thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,002ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,483rdNicest Citizens: 10,515thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,488thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,932ndMost Beautiful Environments: 12,647thMost Cultured: 13,466thHighest Average Incomes: 14,087thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,274thMost Pacifist: 14,337thHealthiest Citizens: 14,389thMost Inclusive: 14,468thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,688thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,956th
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 225th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 304th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 317th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 333rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 361st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 374th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 379th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 388th in the regionMost Secular: 390th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 435th in the regionTop
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Most Developed: 445th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 473rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 479th in the regionLargest Governments: 489th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 518th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 537th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 592nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 594th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 639th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 643rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 645th in the regionMost Cultured: 666th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 672nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 681st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 729th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 760th in the regionMost Pacifist: 794th in the regionMost Inclusive: 821st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 842nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 846th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 117 » The Rhein States, El Fiji Grande, Shibutani, Shin-Hachioji, Alunya, Kasazzastan, Yaorozu, Territorio di Nessuno, Saturns Edge, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Sundred, Great Bights Mum, Koda-Land, Notyoutopia, Kwaj, New Bremerton, Noahs Second Country, Frances Francis the First of France, Omnistria, Corfad, Sinelona, Ibiscaton, Torakuen, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Napnomadia, Former English Colony, Spartoptia, Trillius, Selfgradatude, Black Templares, Dreadton, North Bratislava, Sunto, PlanetPunk, Q w e r t y, Acrabinnia, Federation Terra Australis, New Pruessen, Dar es Saalam, Sil Dorsett, Steampunk Ariel, Test for a new hope, Rynion, Egalico, Shadowrik, Ethnon, Jasminlandia, 1 very fast endotarter, Wineclaw, Elder Realms, and 67 others.GRANDE IMPERIO ORIENTAL PAGAO EUDUARDO, Ikea Rike, Maott, Guer Aike, Haor Chall, Xentherida, Loutsland, Pasargad, Constantinolia, Holy Oranz, Wilkshire, Siwale, Aratani, Joodey, Kobagia, Glurponia, Zumlandia, Steraz, Xzavia-Hjar, Bearical, Vincone Cae, Utopicican, Runeda, Daiz, Sockmanland, Valhalla123, Amauri, Orado, Cuyan, The Tampa Bay Rays, Makersaulache, New Octicarg, Duerrlewang, Victoriaans Nederlands, McMasterdonia, General COE, Pallaith, Orven, Guslantis, The Stratosphere Islands, Racoda, Ponantine, Nakayo, Wisconsota, The Nation that will win Soops for 9003, Gnomewatchers, Moubarakistan, Altamonte, Nothru Lerple, Angshire, Miruma, Kranostav, Loli County, Yukti, PotatoFarmers, Pazair, The Iron Lions, Seenvorland, Clan Spaniel, Dabarastan, United Kahndaq, Viridiann, Afcon, United Anglo-America, Zyvetskistaahn, Nordic-British Union, and Eravonia.

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