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Most Subsidized Industry: 3,881st Nudest: 3,964th Lowest Crime Rates: 4,207th
The Kingdom of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
In God We Trust
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Average

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Castwell

Population5.252 billion

CapitalCastiel
LeaderKing Durham 1
FaithChristianity

CurrencyDollar
AnimalWhite Eagle

The Kingdom of Castwell is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by King Durham 1 with an even hand, and renowned for its infamous sell-swords, keen interest in outer space, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 5.252 billion Castellians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Castiel. The average income tax rate is 92.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Castwellian economy, worth 959 trillion Dollars a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 182,707 Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.3 times as much as the poorest.

Vacationers and business travelers are often warned that they may lose the right to vote if they spend too much time overseas, in musicals everybody's a little bit racist, homophobia is off the menu, and religious turf wars have caused frustrated police to pray for divine intervention. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Castwell's national animal is the White Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Christianity.

Castwell is ranked 5,549th in the world and 14th in The Land of Kings and Emperors for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 499.75 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Most Subsidized Industry: 3,881stNudest: 3,964thLowest Crime Rates: 4,207thMost Cultured: 4,333rdMost Developed: 4,623rdLargest Governments: 5,151stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,419thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,549thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,267thMost Efficient Economies: 6,307thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,417thSmartest Citizens: 6,690thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,767thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,009thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,095thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,136thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,343rdHighest Average Incomes: 7,349thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,919thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,486thTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 10,306thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,275thMost Inclusive: 11,410thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,430thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,509thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,902ndLargest Welfare Programs: 11,969thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,128thSafest: 12,280thMost Secular: 12,437thRudest Citizens: 13,048thMost Average: 13,292ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,597thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,652ndHighest Economic Output: 14,168th
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Most Average: 2nd in the regionTop
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Nudest: 11th in the regionMost Developed: 11th in the regionMost Cultured: 13th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 14th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 15th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 16th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 17th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 18th in the regionLargest Governments: 18th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 20th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 22nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 24th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 25th in the regionSafest: 25th in the regionMost Secular: 25th in the regionRudest Citizens: 25th in the regionMost Inclusive: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 26th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 27th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 28th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 30th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 30th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Castwell applied to join the World Assembly.
  • : Following new legislation in Castwell, religious turf wars have caused frustrated police to pray for divine intervention.
  • : Following new legislation in Castwell, homophobia is off the menu.
  • : Following new legislation in Castwell, in musicals everybody's a little bit racist.
  • : Following new legislation in Castwell, vacationers and business travelers are often warned that they may lose the right to vote if they spend too much time overseas.
  • : Following new legislation in Castwell, autopsies often involve only cursory examination.
  • : Castwell's influence in The Land of Kings and Emperors rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Castwell was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Following new legislation in Castwell, immigrants are required to salute the flag five times a day.
  • : Following new legislation in Castwell, mining is the nation's most dangerous occupation.

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