by Max Barry

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Largest Populations: 8,678thMost Average: 17,934thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,862nd
The Graveyards of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Slow down cats crossing!
Herder of Cats
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Cat Herder

Population20.995 billion


The Graveyards of Cat Herder is a gargantuan, cultured nation, renowned for its enslaved workforce, keen interest in outer space, and ubiquitous missile silos. The compassionate, hard-working, devout population of 20.995 billion Cat Herderians 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 tiny government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 8.0%.

The Cat Herderian economy, worth 641 trillion signs a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 30,552 signs, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 116,216 per year while the poor average 5,567, a ratio of 20.9 to 1.

Drug lords often avoid prison time by teaching "chemistry" classes to underprivileged youth, bicyclists are banned from major roads, young children are learning advanced physics to scientifically disprove the existence of Santa Claus, and archaeological discoveries are often followed by mysterious hamster abductions. Crime is a serious problem. Cat Herder's national animal is the kitty, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Cat Herder is ranked 270,223rd in the world and 11th in Grand Central for Most Patriotic, with 0.47 flags saluted per person per day.

Largest Populations: 8,678thTop
Most Average: 17,934thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,862ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 21,326thLargest Black Market: 25,077th
Largest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionMost Average: 1st in the region

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