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Best Weather: 414thMost Beautiful Environments: 667thMost Developed: 671st
The Santa of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Frdm, Knwldg, Trnqlty
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population7.961 billion

CapitalUltra Obilvw Mtropolis
LeaderLadr Mars
Faithlmntal Natur's Balanc


The Santa of Kantobliv is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Ladr Mars with a fair hand, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, state-planned economy, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 7.961 billion Kantians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ultra Obilvw Mtropolis. The average income tax rate is 99.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Kantoblivian economy, worth a remarkable 1,708 trillion P$s a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 214,555 P$s, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Therapists can always squeeze in another house-call, anti-government web sites are springing up, community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common, and access to the woods is only granted to those who bring a small shrubbery. Crime is totally unknown. Kantobliv's national animal is the Cow, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is lmntal Natur's Balanc.

Kantobliv is ranked 13,420th in the world and 28th in The Union of Democratic States for Most Secular, with 86.17 Atheism Rate.

Best Weather: 414thMost Beautiful Environments: 667thMost Developed: 671stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 672ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 715thLongest Average Lifespans: 754thMost Pacifist: 756thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 769thHealthiest Citizens: 791stMost Influential: 927thLeast Corrupt Governments: 936thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 976thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,014thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,073rdMost Inclusive: 1,076thNicest Citizens: 1,210thSafest: 1,216thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,450thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,606thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,680thLargest Governments: 1,745thSmartest Citizens: 1,805thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,954thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,119thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,125thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,360thLowest Crime Rates: 2,398thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 2,612thMost Cultured: 3,219thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,574thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,177thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,747thMost Efficient Economies: 4,925thHighest Average Incomes: 5,458thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,294thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,983rdHighest Economic Output: 10,140thTop
Most Secular: 13,420thMost Stationary: 18,769thMost Income Equality: 19,054th
Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionMost Income Equality: 8th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 10th in the regionMost Stationary: 11th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Kantobliv, access to the woods is only granted to those who bring a small shrubbery.
  • : Following new legislation in Kantobliv, community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common.
  • : Kantobliv endorsed The Republic of Southern New Zealand.
  • : Kantobliv endorsed The Constitutional Monarchy of Rutheneja.
  • : Following new legislation in Kantobliv, anti-government web sites are springing up.
  • : Following new legislation in Kantobliv, therapists can always squeeze in another house-call.
  • : Following new legislation in Kantobliv, evenings at university debating societies often end with everyone acknowledging both sides may well be right.
  • : Following new legislation in Kantobliv, a niche industry catering to S&M enthusiasts has sprung up.
  • : Following new legislation in Kantobliv, the military maintains a fierce arsenal of 'Cure Missiles'.
  • : Following new legislation in Kantobliv, crowds of flag-burning protesters tend to accidentally become crowds of burning protesters.


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