The Republic of OstryT is a small, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its strong anti-business policies. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 40 million OstryTians 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 enormous government juggles the competing demands of Religion & Spirituality, Law & Order, and Defence. The average income tax rate is 30%, but much higher for the wealthy. Private enterprise is illegal, but for those in the know there is a slick and highly efficient black market in Woodchip Exports.
The nation's industries are scrambling to switch to biodegradable plastics, politicians are often found scavenging bins at night to supplement their income, scenic mountain valleys are flooded with water as damming projects get underway, and retirement homes are often fitted with luxurious suites. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is a problem. OstryT's national animal is the ostrIT, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its currency is the OstriT.