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Fattest Citizens: 4,788thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,414thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,076th
The National Stratocracy of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Beati gli operatori di pace.
Hugo Snuffles II
Influence
Unproven
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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ColdShadow

Population4.347 billion

CapitalNotriasca
LeaderHugo Snuffles II
FaithKult Of The Kitten

CurrencyMug
AnimalFelis Megalobestia

The National Stratocracy of ColdShadow is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Hugo Snuffles II with an iron fist, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, avant-garde cinema, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 4.347 billion Catties are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Notriasca. The average income tax rate is 75.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Cattie economy, worth 471 trillion Mugs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. 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 108,504 Mugs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Hugo Snuffles II's reputation is hard as nails, commuters travel in zigzags to avoid stalking accusations, people of faith are sent to twelve-step programs for 'The Cure', and government debts are financed through alchemy. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. ColdShadow's national animal is the Felis Megalobestia, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Kult Of The Kitten.

ColdShadow is ranked 74,612th in the world and 1,260th in the South Pacific for Most Conservative, scoring 69.25 on the Bush-Santorum Dawning Terror Index.

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Fattest Citizens: 4,788thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,414thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,076thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,907thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,463rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,745thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,839thMost Secular: 12,479thMost Cultured: 12,758thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,947thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,122ndMost Patriotic: 16,730thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,224thLargest Black Market: 19,240thHighest Average Tax Rates: 25,225thMost Primitive: 25,505th
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Fattest Citizens: 82nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 113th in the regionLargest Black Market: 174th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 178th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 179th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 184th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 209th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 236th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 246th in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 272nd in the regionMost Cultured: 313th in the regionMost Patriotic: 321st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 322nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 437th in the regionMost Primitive: 461st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : ColdShadow was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Following new legislation in ColdShadow, government debts are financed through alchemy.
  • : Following new legislation in ColdShadow, people of faith are sent to twelve-step programs for 'The Cure'.
  • : Following new legislation in ColdShadow, commuters travel in zigzags to avoid stalking accusations.
  • : Following new legislation in ColdShadow, Hugo Snuffles II's reputation is hard as nails.
  • : Following new legislation in ColdShadow, Hugo Snuffles II can often be found attempting to coax random citizens' cats down from trees.
  • : Following new legislation in ColdShadow, a nickname of "Doctor Death" probably indicates a decorated war hero.
  • : Following new legislation in ColdShadow, scenic tours are unheard of after most environmental laws were abolished.
  • : Following new legislation in ColdShadow, juvenile delinquents are fitter than ever.
  • : Following new legislation in ColdShadow, the nation's official head of religious affairs is an atheist.

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