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Most Influential: 999thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,706thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,961st
The Helvetic Republic of
Civil Rights Lovefest
One For All
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population10.08 billion

LeaderEdvard Benes

CurrencySwiss Franc ₣
AnimalSaint Bernard

The Helvetic Republic of Cascadla is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Edvard Benes with a fair hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 10.08 billion Helvetians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bern. The average income tax rate is 66.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Swiss economy, worth 944 trillion Swiss Franc ₣s a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 93,681 Swiss Franc ₣s, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Police officers have been re-kitted with designer uniforms and gold-plated handcuffs, every day has been a surprise since weather reporters turned to consulting ancient totems for their seven-day forecasts, the government supplies ragtag bands of resistance fighters in exchange for vague promises of future payment, and the best way to be heard in politics is to speak softly and carry a big comedy prop. Crime is totally unknown. Cascadla's national animal is the Saint Bernard, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Protestantism.

Cascadla is ranked 98,326th in the world and 80th in Commonwealth of Liberty for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 2,051.19 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Most Influential: 999thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 4,706thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,961stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,605thBest Weather: 9,404thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,386thMost Developed: 12,601stMost Advanced Public Education: 13,384thTop
Smartest Citizens: 15,405thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,803rdLongest Average Lifespans: 16,247thMost Rebellious Youth: 16,259thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,241stMost Cultured: 18,857thHighest Food Quality: 20,947thHealthiest Citizens: 21,343rdSafest: 22,899thHighest Poor Incomes: 24,602ndHighest Economic Output: 25,146thMost Advanced Public Transport: 25,502ndMost Subsidized Industry: 26,657thMost Valuable International Artwork: 26,686thMost Scientifically Advanced: 27,459thMost Efficient Economies: 28,457thLargest Information Technology Sector: 28,796thMost Cheerful Citizens: 30,076th
Least Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Influential: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Cascadla changed its national motto to "One For All" and its nation type to "Helvetic Republic".
  • : Cascadla changed its national animal to "Saint Bernard", its capital to "Bern", its currency to "Swiss Franc ₣", its demonym to "Helvetian", its demonym adjective to "Swiss", and its faith to "Protestantism".
  • : Cascadla altered its national flag.
  • : Cascadla was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens.
  • : Cascadla applied to join the World Assembly.
  • : Cascadla was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Cascadla's influence in Commonwealth of Liberty fell from "Auxiliary" to "Ambassador".
  • : Cascadla's influence in Commonwealth of Liberty rose from "Ambassador" to "Auxiliary".
  • : Cascadla's influence in Commonwealth of Liberty fell from "Auxiliary" to "Ambassador".
  • : Cascadla's influence in Commonwealth of Liberty rose from "Ambassador" to "Auxiliary".