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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,413thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,197thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,588th
The Traditionalist Commonwealth of
Right-wing Utopia Utopia
The commonwealth's glory will last.
Ethan Gustav Strojnervonn
Influence
Hatchling
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Good

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Costelberg

Population1.033 billion

CapitalNollmeria
LeaderEthan Gustav Strojnervonn
FaithChristianity

CurrencyTico Note
AnimalSongbird

The Traditionalist Commonwealth of Costelberg is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Ethan Gustav Strojnervonn with an even hand, and notable for its smutty television, infamous sell-swords, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 1.033 billion Costelians are free to succeed or fail in life on their own merits; the successful tend to enjoy an opulent (but moralistic) lifestyle, while the failures can be seen crowding out most jails.

The medium-sized, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nollmeria. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 68.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Costelian economy, worth 136 trillion Tico Notes a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 131,698 Tico Notes, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 931,353 per year while the poor average 6,246, a ratio of 149 to 1.

Giant beards and handlebar moustaches are increasingly popular, Ethan Gustav Strojnervonn's luxurious new home has been designated as a protected cultural heritage site, the government is cutting back on the number of political prisoners executed each year, and drivers regularly pull over for nonexistent police cars. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Costelberg's national animal is the Songbird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Christianity.

Costelberg is ranked 93,286th in the world and 2,553rd in The North Pacific for Highest Economic Output, with 136 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,413thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,197thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,588thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,879thMost Cultured: 8,842ndMost Efficient Economies: 9,484thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 12,919thSafest: 13,026thMost Developed: 14,171stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,803rdLargest Publishing Industry: 15,378thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,954thLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,684thHighest Average Incomes: 19,197thLargest Governments: 19,559thLargest Welfare Programs: 20,122ndSmartest Citizens: 21,410thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 21,673rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21,883rdLongest Average Lifespans: 22,750thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 22,825thLowest Crime Rates: 23,233rdMost Influential: 23,418thMost Advanced Public Education: 23,790th
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 46th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 65th in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 199th in the regionMost Cultured: 453rd in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 522nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 644th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 703rd in the regionSafest: 742nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 768th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 793rd in the regionMost Developed: 809th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 855th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 932nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 936th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 957th in the region

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