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Most Influential: 4,058thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,405thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,406th
The Commonwealth of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Culture and Knowledge Above All
Pieter Havkat
Civil Rights
Very Good
Very Strong
Political Freedom

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Population5.278 billion

CapitalCatfish Keep
LeaderPieter Havkat


The Commonwealth of Catherful is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Pieter Havkat with a fair hand, and remarkable for its digital currency, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.278 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 Healthcare, Education, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Catfish Keep. The average income tax rate is 72.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Catherfulian economy, worth 355 trillion guilders a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Basket Weaving, and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 67,310 guilders, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Large-girthed charity workers assign themselves healthy wages for their work with starving children, the only women behind bars are barmaids, fixing attendance at women's matches is a matter of "when they go low, we go high... funding", and business owners return from long vacations to find their factories have been turned into homeless shelters. 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 59,561st in the world and 3,122nd in Osiris for Most Subsidized Industry, scoring 3,020.28 on the Gilded Widget Scale.

Most Influential: 4,058thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,405thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,406thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,395thTop
Most Pacifist: 14,473rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 15,501stLargest Publishing Industry: 15,564thNicest Citizens: 15,620thBest Weather: 15,903rdLongest Average Lifespans: 16,504thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 17,508thHealthiest Citizens: 20,179thMost Advanced Public Education: 20,939thMost Inclusive: 22,242ndMost Beautiful Environments: 22,513thHighest Food Quality: 23,776thSafest: 25,803rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 27,321stMost Income Equality: 27,505thSmartest Citizens: 28,004th
Most Influential: 42nd in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 355th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 366th in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 715th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 814th in the regionMost Pacifist: 835th in the regionBest Weather: 890th in the regionNicest Citizens: 901st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 903rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 969th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 974th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 974th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Catherful's influence in Osiris rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Catherful was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens.
  • : Catherful's influence in Osiris rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Catherful's influence in Osiris rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Catherful altered its national flag.
  • : Catherful was refounded in Osiris.
  • : Catherful ceased to exist in The Free Nations Region.
  • : Catherful was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nicest Citizens and the Top 10% for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Catherful was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry, Most Compassionate Citizens, and Best Weather.
  • : Catherful was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.