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Most Devout: 294thMost Patriotic: 963rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,192nd
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Holy Catheria

Population4.162 billion

CapitalSanctoneius
LeaderBlessed Regent
FaithCatherinitas

CurrencyLien
AnimalRaven

The Kingdom of Holy Catheria is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Blessed Regent with an iron fist, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, aversion to nipples, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.162 billion Catherians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Administration, and Spirituality are also considered important, while International Aid and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sanctoneius. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 74.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Catherian economy, worth 738 trillion Liens a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Basket Weaving. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 177,411 Liens, with the richest citizens earning 6.5 times as much as the poorest.

Policy reversals are more often graceful demi-détournés than u-turns, more money is spent on policing the welfare system for abuse than on the welfare system itself, only adults may purchase violent video games, and intellectual snobbery has the cognoscenti sneering at anyone who doesn't have an opinion on the semiological drift of Umberto Eco's works. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Holy Catheria's national animal is the Raven, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Catherinitas.

Holy Catheria is ranked 271,633rd in the world and 9,939th in Balder for Safest, scoring 7.09 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Most Devout: 294thMost Patriotic: 963rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,192ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,462ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,577thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,286thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,589thTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 4,280thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,727thMost Cultured: 4,761stLowest Crime Rates: 6,133rdMost Conservative: 7,380thHealthiest Citizens: 9,041stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,807thMost Corrupt Governments: 10,237thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,037thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,047thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,540thMost Authoritarian: 12,800thLargest Governments: 13,839thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 14,354thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,235thMost Developed: 19,986thLargest Black Market: 21,235thMost Efficient Economies: 24,306thHighest Average Tax Rates: 28,129thBest Weather: 28,438th
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Most Patriotic: 12th in the regionMost Devout: 14th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 22nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 67th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 67th in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 122nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 158th in the regionMost Cultured: 208th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 268th in the regionMost Conservative: 272nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 306th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 311th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 447th in the regionTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 550th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 589th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 593rd in the regionMost Influential: 622nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 731st in the regionLargest Governments: 776th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 800th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 802nd in the regionMost Stationary: 831st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1,036th in the regionMost Extreme: 1,037th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1,049th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Holy Catheria, intellectual snobbery has the cognoscenti sneering at anyone who doesn't have an opinion on the semiological drift of Umberto Eco's works.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Catheria, only adults may purchase violent video games.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Catheria, more money is spent on policing the welfare system for abuse than on the welfare system itself.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Catheria, policy reversals are more often graceful demi-détournés than u-turns.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Catheria, ambitious "businessmen" use their children to sell and advertise their products.
  • : Holy Catheria was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates and Best Weather.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Catheria, hordes of unemployed lumberjacks have resorted to cutting down utility poles to satisfy their cravings.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Catheria, the deaf are perplexed when the weather report tells them that the wind will be "bringing some rain along the Nazi ghosts".
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Catheria, handling people's data is proving an immersive experience.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Catheria, the nation's atlases tend to go out of date every few weeks.

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