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Most Valuable International Artwork: 97thLeast Corrupt Governments: 667thMost Devout: 892nd
The Catholic Commonwealth of
New York Times Democracy
Amor sequitur cognitionem.
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population17.788 billion

CapitalSaint Mark's
LeaderPope Francis
FaithRoman Catholicism

Animalred-tailed hawk

The Catholic Commonwealth of Auralia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Pope Francis with a fair hand, and remarkable for its frequent executions, unlimited-speed roads, and national health service. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 17.788 billion Auralians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The minute, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Education, although Defense, Administration, and Industry are also considered important, while Social Policy and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Saint Mark's. The average income tax rate is 1.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Auralian economy, worth a remarkable 3,551 trillion dollars a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 199,683 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

The government sends submarines to retrieve bodies from shipwrecked submarines, a bureaucratic fight over AIA cafeteria food expenditures has caused the temporary suspension of all agency counterintelligence operations, students do more community service than homework, and mechanics are often exhausted by their work. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Auralia's national animal is the red-tailed hawk, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Auralia is ranked 178,362nd in the world and 84th in Catholic for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -7.35 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 97thLeast Corrupt Governments: 667thMost Devout: 892ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,324thSafest: 1,436thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,509thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,616thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,793rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,832ndTop
Most Influential: 2,883rdHighest Economic Output: 3,164thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,841stMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,882ndHighest Poor Incomes: 4,373rdMost Cultured: 4,915thSmartest Citizens: 4,987thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,499thNicest Citizens: 5,794thHighest Average Incomes: 6,321stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,420thMost Developed: 7,297thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,259thLargest Populations: 8,292ndMost Efficient Economies: 8,813thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,205thHealthiest Citizens: 10,189thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 10,503rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,582ndLowest Crime Rates: 11,536thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,862ndBest Weather: 12,083rdMost Politically Free: 13,775thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,266thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 19,739th
Least Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 7th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionMost Cultured: 9th in the regionMost Devout: 9th in the region

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