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Least Corrupt Governments: 5,227thMost Influential: 5,429thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,913th
The Commonwealth of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Culture and Knowledge Above All
Pieter Havkat
Civil Rights
Very Strong
Political Freedom

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Population2.648 billion

CapitalCatfish Keep
LeaderPieter Havkat


The Commonwealth of Catherful is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Pieter Havkat with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, avant-garde cinema, and digital currency. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.648 billion Catherfulians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Catfish Keep. The average income tax rate is 69.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Catherfulian economy, worth 178 trillion guilders a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Basket Weaving, Tourism, and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 67,457 guilders, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Pieter Havkat's exquisite office door is replaced monthly due to angry petitioners, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings, welfare funding has recently gone through the roof, and coffee cups have grown in size to accommodate the huge ingredients list. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Catherful's national animal is the catfish, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Archivalism.

Catherful is ranked 20,878th in the world and 81st in The Free Nations Region for Healthiest Citizens, with 10.15 bananas ingested per day.

Least Corrupt Governments: 5,227thMost Influential: 5,429thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,913thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,725thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 14,733rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15,339thMost Compassionate Citizens: 15,475thNicest Citizens: 15,612thMost Pacifist: 15,970thLongest Average Lifespans: 18,138thLargest Publishing Industry: 18,459thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,981stBest Weather: 19,089thHealthiest Citizens: 20,878thSafest: 21,887thMost Inclusive: 22,123rdHighest Food Quality: 23,356thMost Cultured: 25,989th
Least Corrupt Governments: 20th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 28th in the region

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