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Largest Publishing Industry: 16th Largest Information Technology Sector: 74th Highest Crime Rates: 238th
The Free Republic of
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Kahanistan

Population30.791 billion

CapitalNew Masada
Leaderthe President
Faithfreedom

Currencyshekel
AnimalGiant Python

The Free Republic of Kahanistan is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by the President with a fair hand, and notable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, state-planned economy, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 30.791 billion Kahanistanians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The tiny, liberal, outspoken government is dominated by the Department of Education, with Healthcare and Environment also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Law & Order are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Masada. The average income tax rate is 1.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Kahanistanian economy, worth a remarkable 7,318 trillion shekels 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, highly specialized black market in Information Technology and Book Publishing. 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 amazing 237,692 shekels, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Comic books avoid plot inconsistencies by removing the plot, New Masada's flashy holiday light displays can be seen from space, court verdicts are predictable to within a hundredth of a percentage point, and jury selection begins with explaining what a jury is. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Kahanistan's national animal is the Giant Python, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is freedom.

Kahanistan is ranked 65,947th in the world and 7th in Greater Prussia for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 1,284.18 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 16thLargest Information Technology Sector: 74thHighest Crime Rates: 238thMost Scientifically Advanced: 307thMost Armed: 318thMost Rebellious Youth: 401stSmartest Citizens: 482ndHighest Economic Output: 694thMost Efficient Economies: 791stMost Inclusive: 900thMost Cultured: 1,132ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,158thLargest Black Market: 1,187thRudest Citizens: 1,223rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,302ndLargest Populations: 1,501stTop
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Fattest Citizens: 1,554thMost Developed: 1,767thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,871stMost Beautiful Environments: 1,902ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,475thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,270thHighest Average Incomes: 3,385thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,898thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 5,200thNicest Citizens: 5,709thMost Politically Free: 5,882ndNudest: 6,193rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,614thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,317thTop
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Most Influential: 8,680thMost Secular: 8,926th
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Kahanistan, jury selection begins with explaining what a jury is.
  • : Following new legislation in Kahanistan, court verdicts are predictable to within a hundredth of a percentage point.
  • : Following new legislation in Kahanistan, New Masada's flashy holiday light displays can be seen from space.
  • : Following new legislation in Kahanistan, comic books avoid plot inconsistencies by removing the plot.
  • : Following new legislation in Kahanistan, conscripts often volunteer for a second tour of duty so they can get a ticket to next year's Army Revue.
  • : Following new legislation in Kahanistan, social networking sites have discussion groups devoted to planning terrorist attacks.
  • : Following new legislation in Kahanistan, hackers post hourly updates on international summits.
  • : Following new legislation in Kahanistan, witnesses have to run a gauntlet of mob enforcers to testify at trials.
  • : Following new legislation in Kahanistan, census workers struggle to account for the rapidly increasing number of citizens to tabulate.
  • : Kahanistan was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Populations.

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