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Most Influential: 707thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,883rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,860th
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Population12.345 billion

LeaderBundespräsident Alfons Gorbach

CurrencyAlpine Franc ₣
AnimalRed Kite

The Alpine Republic of Cascadla is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Bundespräsident Alfons Gorbach with a fair hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 12.345 billion Alpines hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large 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 71.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Alpine economy, worth a remarkable 1,120 trillion Alpine Franc ₣s a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 90,745 Alpine 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, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cascadla's national animal is the Red Kite, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Protestantism.

Cascadla is ranked 43,565th in the world and 70th in Commonwealth of Liberty for Lowest Crime Rates, with 75.25 law-abiding acts per hour.

Most Influential: 707thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,883rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,860thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,874thBest Weather: 7,581stLargest Publishing Industry: 7,829thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,912thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,377thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,662ndMost Developed: 12,676thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 14,342ndLongest Average Lifespans: 14,774thSmartest Citizens: 15,393rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,891stSafest: 17,993rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 18,286thHighest Food Quality: 20,882ndHealthiest Citizens: 21,658thMost Cultured: 21,861stMost Advanced Public Transport: 24,404thHighest Economic Output: 24,512thMost Cheerful Citizens: 27,654th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Influential: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 18th in the regionBest Weather: 18th in the regionTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 23rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 23rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 24th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 24th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 36th in the regionSafest: 38th in the regionLargest Populations: 39th in the region

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