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Most Armed: 892nd Most Devout: 1,102nd Highest Crime Rates: 1,456th
The Friendly Ghosts of
Father Knows Best State
Boo!
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Calalin

Population1.768 billion

Capitalsomewhere else
Leadermy shadow
Faithassorted cults

Currencyimaginary number
Animalunwitting mortal

The Friendly Ghosts of Calalin is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by my shadow with an iron fist, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, compulsory military service, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 1.768 billion Calalini 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 government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of somewhere else. The average income tax rate is 93.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Calalini economy, worth 293 trillion imaginary numbers a year, is quite specialized and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 166,277 imaginary numbers, with the richest citizens earning 5.2 times as much as the poorest.

Business leaders are mailing my shadow forged birth certificates in a bid to win their rivals as serfs, airship use has soared while property values beneath their routes have plummeted, residents firmly believe there is no spoon (Calalin has found 4 easter eggs), and school children across the country are staging hunger strikes to protest government-mandated salads. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Calalin's national animal is the unwitting mortal, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is assorted cults.

Calalin is ranked 16,789th in the world and 379th in the Rejected Realms for Most Developed, scoring 78.79 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Armed: 892ndMost Devout: 1,102ndHighest Crime Rates: 1,456thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,127thFattest Citizens: 2,128thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,330thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,547thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,553rdMost Rebellious Youth: 2,638thNudest: 3,266thLargest Black Market: 3,328thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,125thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,600thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,088thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,210thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,229thMost Cultured: 5,483rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,701stMost Inclusive: 5,907thTop
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Largest Governments: 7,948thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,113thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,589thRudest Citizens: 9,052ndHighest Average Incomes: 9,475thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,830thHighest Drug Use: 10,371stMost Beautiful Environments: 10,655thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,666thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,855th
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Most Armed: 28th in the regionMost Devout: 31st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 47th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 49th in the regionTop
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Fattest Citizens: 57th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 61st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 62nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 63rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 76th in the regionNudest: 88th in the regionLargest Black Market: 93rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 94th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 121st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 127th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 128th in the regionMost Cultured: 128th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 138th in the regionMost Inclusive: 145th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 147th in the regionRudest Citizens: 187th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 189th in the regionLargest Governments: 197th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 211th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 226th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 257th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 265th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 277th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 283rd in the regionMost Influential: 304th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 376th in the regionMost Developed: 379th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 422nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 430th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 484th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Calalin was endorsed by The Rejected Irrelevance of Fauxia.
  • : Calalin was endorsed by The Commonwealth of Kyo's Sons of Toerana.
  • : Calalin lodged a message on the The Rejected Realms Regional Message Board.
  • : Calalin voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Auralia".
  • : Following new legislation in Calalin, school children across the country are staging hunger strikes to protest government-mandated salads.
  • : Following new legislation in Calalin, residents firmly believe there is no spoon (Calalin has found 4 easter eggs).
  • : Following new legislation in Calalin, airship use has soared while property values beneath their routes have plummeted.
  • : Following new legislation in Calalin, business leaders are mailing my shadow forged birth certificates in a bid to win their rivals as serfs.
  • : Following new legislation in Calalin, the government is often referred to as "the biggest drug dealer in the nation".
  • : Calalin's influence in The Rejected Realms rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".

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