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Largest Insurance Industry: 4,367thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,920thMost Valuable International Artwork: 12,356th
The Second Tsardom of
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Population1.525 billion

LeaderTsar Porchkiev Czargov II
FaithEastern Roman Catholic

CurrencyTsar's note

The Second Tsardom of Cothern is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Tsar Porchkiev Czargov II with a fair hand, and notable for its strictly enforced bedtime, vat-grown people, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 1.525 billion Cothernites enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Janlea. The average income tax rate is 50.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Cothernite economy, worth 184 trillion Tsar's notes a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 120,868 Tsar's notes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Military recruitment numbers are down as citizens object on 'moral grounds', a few people seem to spend their whole time complaining, corporate executives continue to enjoy generous tax benefits while the public is taxed to the hilt, and the military has grudgingly released all top secret information in an effort for greater transparency. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Cothern's national animal is the Bear, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Eastern Roman Catholic.

Cothern is ranked 30,734th in the world and 5th in Thegye for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 5,237.61 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Largest Insurance Industry: 4,367thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,920thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 12,356thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,673rdLargest Retail Industry: 15,553rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 17,844thSmartest Citizens: 19,520thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20,003rdHighest Poor Incomes: 20,108thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,808thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21,397thMost Inclusive: 22,546thHighest Average Incomes: 23,038thMost Cultured: 23,405thMost Developed: 23,536th
Smartest Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionNudest: 6th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 7th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Cultured: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11th in the regionMost Stationary: 12th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 12th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 13th in the region

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