by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,472ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,011thMost Influential: 8,075th
The Catfish's Republic of
Democratic Socialists
catfish is more than a fish
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Goshnia and Goshnigovina

Population621 million



The Catfish's Republic of Goshnia and Goshnigovina is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its state-planned economy, avant-garde cinema, and compulsory military service. The compassionate population of 621 million Goshnians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Reisa. The average income tax rate is 78.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Goshnia and Goshnigovinan economy, worth 39.0 trillion Goshniars 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 mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Uranium Mining. Average income is 62,749 Goshniars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Families are left homeless as entire suburbs are bulldozed on the whim of tribal chiefs, sales of disinfectant wipes have skyrocketed, citizens are permitted to carry concealed handguns, and sales of trenchcoats are on the rise. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Goshnia and Goshnigovina's national animal is the Catfish, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Goshnia and Goshnigovina is ranked 9,846th in the world and 336th in The Communist Bloc for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 4,916.86 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,472ndTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,011thMost Influential: 8,075thBest Weather: 9,616thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,846thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,921stNicest Citizens: 11,551stMost Beautiful Environments: 11,709thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,721stMost Income Equality: 11,986thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,204thMost Pacifist: 16,181stHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,554thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,582ndMost Inclusive: 16,603rdMost Advanced Public Education: 16,923rdHealthiest Citizens: 17,381stLongest Average Lifespans: 17,898thMost Secular: 18,634thHighest Food Quality: 20,070thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,173rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,539thLargest Information Technology Sector: 21,701stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22,459thMost Cultured: 23,092ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 24,862nd
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 49th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 157th in the region

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