|Leader||Federal President – Norbert Hofer|
|GDP per Capita||$47,140|
Austria is a landlocked country in Central Europe and home to more than 8.6 million people. It is bordered by Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The country is mainly mountainous and much of Austria's territory is within the Alps. Austria's origins can be traced back to the Hapsburg dynasty. The family ruled over the country since its independence after the collapse of the Holy Roman Empire. They subsequently oversaw the country in its forms as the Austrian Empire and as Austria-Hungary. After the First World War, the Hapsburg monarchy was disbanded and separated from the other countries within Austria-Hungary. The country has since been run as a republic. Austria is one of the richest countries in the world, with a GDP per capita of $47,140. The country has developed a high standard of living and in 2014 was ranked 21st in the world for its Human Development Index. Austria has been a member of the United Nations since 1955, joined the European Union in 1995, and is a founder of theOECD. Austria also signed the Schengen Agreement in 1995 and adopted the euro currency in 1999.
Austria is a federal parliamentary representative democratic republic. The Austrian Parliament is elected every four years by every citizen age 18 or older. It consists of two chambers, the "Nationalrat" (National Assembly) and the "Bundesrat". While the "Nationalrat" is reviewing and passing new laws, the "Bundesrat" has only a controling function and almost never intervenes in laws the national assembly passed. After the elections are held, the 183 seats of the "Nationalrat" are split in proportion to the percentage of votes a party made, yet there is a minimum of four percent for a party to get some seats.
Presidential elections every 6 years. Nationalrat elections every 4 years.
National Assembly Elections
2013-2018 SPO: 52 OVP: 47 FPO: 40 Greens: 24 Stronach: 11 NEOS: 9
2018-2022 FPO: 66 Greens: 40 SPO: 35 OVP: 21 Stronach: 11 NEOS: 10
2004-2016 Heinz Fischer (SPO)
2016-Present Norbert Hofer (FPO)
In October 2018, Austria opened talks with Italy regarding the the South Tyrol region. The region was originally Austrian until the end of WW1. Austria has sent diplomats discussing the options of bringing back into Austrian control.
Liberland sent diplomats to Austria in April 2018. Austria allowed the trade of goods and services to Liberland and eventually full recognition of the microstate as a country, provided they cease the drug industry that they participate in. After assurances by Liberland diplomats that the government was not involved in the illegal drugs industry, Austria officially recognised Liberland in October 2018.
Sebia sent diplomats to Austria in March 2018. The diplomats wished to discuss trade, military alliances and domestic programmes. Talks are still ongoing.
Active Personnel: 25,963
Conscripts: 12,000 which make up the active personnel.
Reserve Personnel: 27,000
|Leopard 2A4||Main Battle Tank||56|
|Ulan||Infantry Fighting Vehicle||112|
|Pandur I||Armoured Personnel Carrier||71|
|Bandvagn 206||Armoured Personnel Carrier||1|
|Dingo 2||Infantry Mobility Vehicle||35|
|MAN 38.440 8x8||Military Logistics Vehicle||24|
|Iveco LMV||Light Utility Vehicle||150|
Armoured Recovery Vehicle
|Bergepanzer M 88A1||Armoured Recovery Vehicle||10|
|Bergepanzer Greif||Armoured Recovery Vehicle||39|
|Pionierpanzer A1||Armoured Engineering Vehicle||19|
|Aufklärungs- und Zielzuweisungsradar (AZR) RAC 3D||Truck||24|
|Pionierbrücke 2000||Bridging Vehicle||6|
Artillery and Air Defence
|M109 A2/A5Ö||Self-Propelled Howitzer||83|
|Zwillingsflugabwehrkanonen 35 mm (ZFLAK 85)||Anti-Aircraft Gun||70|
|Mistral Missile||Surface-to-Air Missile||34 (40 in storage)|
Active Personnel: 4,300
|Eurofighter Typhoon||Multirole Fighter||15|
|Lockheed C-130 Hercules||Military Transport Aircraft||3|
|Pilatus PC-6B Porter||STOL Passenger and Utility Aircraft||8|
|Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk||Utility Helicopter||12|
|Bell OH-58 Kiowa||Observation/Scout Helicopter||11|
|Bell 212 Twin Huey||Helicopter||23|
|Aérospatiale Alouette III||Helicopter||24|