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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,364thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,477thMost Influential: 4,417th
The Republic of Custom Pretitle of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy Fascists
Peace and Justice
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Average

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Ostko

Population798 million

CapitalVesper Bay

Currencyoshr
AnimalSnake

The Republic of Custom Pretitle of Ostko is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its zero percent divorce rate, ubiquitous missile silos, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 798 million Ostkoans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vesper Bay. The average income tax rate is 45.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Ostkoan economy, worth 57.9 trillion oshrs a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Basket Weaving, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 72,603 oshrs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Strange looking men with big red noses are found hiding behind bushes and inside dustbins, nature magazines featuring stick insects on their covers are sometimes mistaken for fashion magazines, prisons are filled with the cackles and sobs of a deranged inmate population, and blind students are at a disadvantage now that test papers printed in braille have been discontinued. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ostko's national animal is the Snake, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Ostko is ranked 123,853rd in the world and 4,545th in the South Pacific for Rudest Citizens, with 46.67 Insults Per Minute.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,364thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,477thMost Influential: 4,417thTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 19,467th
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 156th in the regionTop
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Most Average: 459th in the regionMost Influential: 490th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 619th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 647th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 719th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 841st in the region

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