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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 184th Most Advanced Public Education: 493rd Most Subsidized Industry: 602nd
The Nazioaren of
Father Knows Best State
Esperientzia Lasaitasuna
Manuel Arzalluz
Regional Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Nazioaren of Cathorcea is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Manuel Arzalluz with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, sprawling nuclear power plants, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.885 billion Cathorceao are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt, well-organized government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hiriburu. The average income tax rate is 95.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Kathyean economy, worth 709 trillion diruas a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, extremely specialized black market in Book Publishing and Basket Weaving. 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 an impressive 145,226 diruas, with the richest citizens earning 6.3 times as much as the poorest.

High school boys are required to pass vigorous self-mastery and sensitivity training to graduate, banning party poppers has been a real party pooper, the nation's train stations are widely considered to be the ugliest in Renegade Islands Alliance, and the space program has been scrapped in order to focus on more terrestrial pursuits. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cathorcea's national animal is the txakur, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Kristautasuna.

Cathorcea is ranked 148,911th in the world and 278th in Renegade Islands Alliance for Most Pro-Market, scoring -51.89 on the Rand Index.

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 184thMost Advanced Public Education: 493rdMost Subsidized Industry: 602ndLargest Black Market: 756thMost Devout: 851stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 954thMost Inclusive: 1,160thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,239thBest Weather: 1,303rdMost Beautiful Environments: 1,613thMost Primitive: 1,683rdTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,990thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,688thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,269thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,355thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,669thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,237thMost Cultured: 5,630thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,042ndHealthiest Citizens: 6,556thMost Developed: 6,755thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,834thLargest Governments: 8,442ndTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 10,676thHighest Average Incomes: 12,459thMost Influential: 15,020thHighest Economic Output: 15,265thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,418thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16,894thLowest Crime Rates: 17,640th
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionMost Primitive: 7th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 8th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 12th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15th in the regionMost Cultured: 16th in the regionTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 19th in the regionLargest Governments: 20th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 22nd in the regionMost Developed: 23rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 23rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 25th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 29th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Cathorcea lodged a message on the Renegade Islands Alliance Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Cathorcea, the space program has been scrapped in order to focus on more terrestrial pursuits.
  • : Following new legislation in Cathorcea, the nation's train stations are widely considered to be the ugliest in Renegade Islands Alliance.
  • : Following new legislation in Cathorcea, banning party poppers has been a real party pooper.
  • : Cathorcea was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Cathorcea, high school boys are required to pass vigorous self-mastery and sensitivity training to graduate.
  • : Cathorcea voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Regulation of Tobacco Advertising".
  • : Cathorcea lodged a message on the Renegade Islands Alliance Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Cathorcea, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in Cathorcea, the constant playing of Merry Birthday on Kathyean radio has led to calls for the song to be classified as a crime against humanity.

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