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Crystal Spires

Population19.901 billion

LeaderHigh Chancellor Calisté Chenarn

AnimalNorthern Range Goat

The Beastling States of Crystal Spires is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by High Chancellor Calisté Chenarn with a fair hand, and notable for its state-planned economy, keen interest in outer space, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 19.901 billion Spireans, 3.43 billion of whom are zombies, hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Caltris. The average income tax rate is 99.0%.

The enormous but inefficient Spirean economy, worth a remarkable 2,822 trillion Signets a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 141,822 Signets, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene, police officers find government bureaucracy more terrifying than most serial killers, the World Beastling States Games have been won again by Crystal Spires as no other country cares enough to compete, and cricket farmers use magnifying glasses to fit every member of their herd with tiny tracking tags. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Crystal Spires's national animal is the Northern Range Goat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Forntianism.

Crystal Spires is ranked 222,289th in the world and 44th in Mystria for Most Avoided, scoring 0.24 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 188thLeast Corrupt Governments: 199thSafest: 306thMost Cheerful Citizens: 316thMost Devout: 667thMost Cultured: 793rdNicest Citizens: 1,246thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,283rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,413thMost Stationary: 1,423rdLargest Governments: 1,463rdHealthiest Citizens: 1,615thMost Survivors: 1,649thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,673rdLargest Publishing Industry: 1,709thLowest Crime Rates: 1,911thSmartest Citizens: 1,927thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,106thBest Weather: 2,176thTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 2,414thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,441stMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,425thMost Armed: 4,072ndMost Influential: 4,371stHighest Economic Output: 4,837thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,055thMost Inclusive: 5,934thLargest Populations: 6,745thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,516thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,077thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,752ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,822ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,335thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,453rdTop
Nudest: 11,321stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12,768thHighest Average Incomes: 15,772ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,338thMost Politically Free: 20,572ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 22,282nd
Most Devout: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionNudest: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 2 » Celritannia and Post War America.

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