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Largest Welfare Programs: 5,689thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,997thMost Cultured: 6,851st
The Holy Empire of
Mother Knows Best State Suspiciously Liberal Dictatorship
Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Ostann Hath and Seranalase

Population4.111 billion

CapitalVictoria
LeaderEmpress Victoria II
FaithRoman Catholicism

Currencyflorin
Animalswan

The Holy Empire of Ostann Hath and Seranalase is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Empress Victoria II with an iron fist, and remarkable for its smutty television, restrictive gun laws, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cynical population of 4.111 billion Seranalaseans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Victoria. The average income tax rate is 91.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Ostann Hath and Seranalasean economy, worth 452 trillion florins 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 Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 109,969 florins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

People hearing voices that tell them to commit crimes are automatically assumed to be holy, programmes of questionable content are shown at peak-hours, modelling agencies send their clients to work in nursing homes, and doctors prescribe medicines but they rarely dispense hope or compassion. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ostann Hath and Seranalase's national animal is the swan, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Ostann Hath and Seranalase is ranked 229,236th in the world and 696th in The Communist Bloc for Fattest Citizens, with 5.91 Obesity Rate.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 5,689thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,997thMost Cultured: 6,851stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,948thMost Inclusive: 7,051stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,321stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,468thMost Pacifist: 7,626thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,870thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,952ndNicest Citizens: 8,370thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,574thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,688thMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,811thLowest Crime Rates: 9,723rdMost Advanced Public Education: 9,829thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,896thBest Weather: 10,255thSafest: 11,041stTop
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Largest Governments: 12,022ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,066thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,368thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,352ndHighest Poor Incomes: 15,951stSmartest Citizens: 16,302ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,950thHealthiest Citizens: 17,642ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,550thMost Advanced Public Transport: 19,903rdMost Developed: 19,912thMost Influential: 21,826thMost Scientifically Advanced: 23,375th
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 42nd in the region

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