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Most Influential: 205thSafest: 5,221stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,720th
The State of
Liberal Democratic Socialists Open-Minded Education State
Nakh drokh braha Satrehaar
Civil Rights
Very Good
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Population10.894 billion

LeaderRikard Vulf Dorias

AnimalMountain Jay

The State of Ostehaar is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Rikard Vulf Dorias with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, ubiquitous missile silos, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 10.894 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 large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Porohare. The average income tax rate is 70.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Oster economy, worth 842 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 77,339 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 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 128,156th in the world and 106th in The Western Isles for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 635.93 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Influential: 205thTop
Safest: 5,221stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,720thMost Stationary: 7,363rdBest Weather: 7,805thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,872ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,574thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,769thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,814thTop
Nicest Citizens: 10,943rdMost Secular: 11,336thSmartest Citizens: 13,056thHealthiest Citizens: 15,190thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,218thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,342ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,091stLongest Average Lifespans: 17,314thMost Cultured: 17,804thLowest Crime Rates: 18,422ndMost Pacifist: 18,522ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,157thLargest Publishing Industry: 19,493rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,032ndHighest Economic Output: 20,052ndMost Inclusive: 20,053rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20,380th
Most Influential: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionTop
Safest: 14th in the region

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