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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,360thMost Secular: 3,605thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,834th
The Armed Republic of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
Hedgehogs are people too
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Ostrogothaland

Population1.662 billion

CapitalLinköping
LeaderTage Danielsson
FaithMosebacke Monarki

CurrencyOstras
AnimalHedgehog

The Armed Republic of Ostrogothaland is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Tage Danielsson with an iron fist, and notable for its digital currency, zero percent divorce rate, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 1.662 billion Ostrogoths are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Linköping. The average income tax rate is 70.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ostrogothalandian economy, worth 258 trillion Ostras a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Trout Farming, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 155,537 Ostras, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Conspiracy nuts claim that the government is trying to bring about an end to civilisation, public shaming has become the favoured form of punishment, the most common doctor's prescription is "get out of my consulting room", and businesses are abandoning the city centre because of the lack of transport connections. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ostrogothaland's national animal is the Hedgehog, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Mosebacke Monarki.

Ostrogothaland is ranked 172,723rd in the world and 3,793rd in the West Pacific for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 2.05 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,360thMost Secular: 3,605thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,834thMost Influential: 3,844thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,291stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,344thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,758thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,519thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,855thLargest Black Market: 9,576thLowest Crime Rates: 9,965thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,113thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,118thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 10,557thHealthiest Citizens: 10,928thTop
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Most Developed: 12,233rdLongest Average Lifespans: 12,363rdHighest Average Incomes: 12,992ndMost Authoritarian: 14,720thMost Conservative: 14,809thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,706thLargest Governments: 19,336thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19,779thMost Advanced Public Education: 21,152ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 22,368thSmartest Citizens: 22,997th
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 65th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 82nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 85th in the regionMost Secular: 93rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 99th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 101st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 108th in the regionMost Influential: 119th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 120th in the regionLargest Black Market: 130th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 206th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 210th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 246th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 248th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 257th in the regionMost Developed: 271st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 278th in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 348th in the regionLargest Governments: 382nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 386th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 386th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 412th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 463rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 465th in the regionMost Conservative: 472nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 481st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 522nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 533rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 560th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 583rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ostrogothaland was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Ostrogothaland, businesses are abandoning the city centre because of the lack of transport connections.
  • : Following new legislation in Ostrogothaland, the most common doctor's prescription is "get out of my consulting room".
  • : Following new legislation in Ostrogothaland, public shaming has become the favoured form of punishment.
  • : Following new legislation in Ostrogothaland, conspiracy nuts claim that the government is trying to bring about an end to civilisation.
  • : Following new legislation in Ostrogothaland, money always talks but the taboo subject of death just brings silence.
  • : Ostrogothaland voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Regulation on the Integrity of Genetic Data".
  • : Following new legislation in Ostrogothaland, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb.
  • : Following new legislation in Ostrogothaland, unpackaged foodstuffs rot on store shelves.
  • : Following new legislation in Ostrogothaland, the credibility of anti-government demagogues is undermined by government claims that they smell like poo.

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