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The Democratic Republic of Spar Ostux

“Justice, Piety, Loyalty”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Page

Location: the South Pacific

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Spar Ostux

Population2.532 billion

Currencybitcoin
Animalhorse

The Democratic Republic of Spar Ostux is a massive, safe nation, remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, absence of drug laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.532 billion Spar Ostuxians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Healthcare, Welfare, and Administration also on the agenda, while Defense receives no funds. The average income tax rate is 88.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Spar Ostuxian economy, worth 254 trillion bitcoins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 100,409 bitcoins, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Elected officials often serve for decades in a single term, the new national campaign exhorts men to "Show Some Class - Don't Sit On Your Ass", clowns are being rounded up and admitted to mental institutions, and UFO sightings are listed daily in the morning news. Crime is totally unknown. Spar Ostux's national animal is the horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Spar Ostux is ranked 12,500th in the world and 349th in the South Pacific for Most Cultured, scoring 100 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,481stMost Influential: 2,878thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,305thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,624thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,711thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,805thNicest Citizens: 3,892ndMost Pacifist: 4,165thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,741stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,046thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,060thMost Inclusive: 5,500thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,767thMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,338thSafest: 6,711thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,010thBest Weather: 7,653rdHealthiest Citizens: 7,824thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,470thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 8,619thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,783rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,695thSmartest Citizens: 11,139thMost Politically Free: 11,600thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,763rdHighest Poor Incomes: 12,013thMost Developed: 12,178thMost Cultured: 12,500thMost Income Equality: 12,556thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,150thLargest Governments: 14,334thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,625thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,136th
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Largest Welfare Programs: 83rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 111th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 111th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 126th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 129th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 131st in the regionNicest Citizens: 135th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 147th in the regionMost Pacifist: 148th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 185th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 190th in the regionMost Inclusive: 195th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 227th in the regionSafest: 229th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 238th in the regionMost Politically Free: 243rd in the regionBest Weather: 244th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 269th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 302nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 320th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 333rd in the regionMost Influential: 337th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 340th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 344th in the regionMost Cultured: 349th in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 360th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 375th in the regionMost Developed: 382nd in the regionLargest Governments: 384th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 386th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 415th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 468th in the regionMost Income Equality: 515th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 582nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 585th in the regionMost Stationary: 604th in the region

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