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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 8,955th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,443rd
The Socialist State of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Castannics Unite!
Influence
Vassal
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Fair
Political Freedom
Few

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Castannica

Population2.333 billion

CapitalCastannica
LeaderDembe Gerrera

CurrencyShaka
AnimalFox

The Socialist State of Castannica is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Dembe Gerrera with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, daily referendums, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 2.333 billion Castannics are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Castannica. The average income tax rate is 63.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Castannic economy, worth 71.0 trillion Shakas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Uranium Mining, Retail, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Woodchip Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 30,424 Shakas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Translators have been hired to deal with the varying regional accents during national political debates, roads are often attended by round-the-clock construction crews, praying before a battle is a court-martial offence, and for 25 Shakas tourists can gawk at the site of national tragedy. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Castannica's national animal is the Fox, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Castannica is ranked 72,614th in the world and 37th in Crassia for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 1,047.69 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 8,955thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,443rd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Castannica was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Castannica, for 25 Shakas tourists can gawk at the site of national tragedy.
  • : Following new legislation in Castannica, praying before a battle is a court-martial offence.
  • : Following new legislation in Castannica, roads are often attended by round-the-clock construction crews.
  • : Following new legislation in Castannica, translators have been hired to deal with the varying regional accents during national political debates.
  • : Following new legislation in Castannica, the nation's biggest export is stupidity.
  • : Castannica lodged a message on the Crassia Regional Message Board.
  • : Castannica's influence in Crassia rose from "Apprentice" to "Vassal".
  • : Castannica was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Castannica published "The State of Castannica - August 2019" (Factbook: Overview).

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