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Most Devout: 2,287thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,527thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,980th
The Holy Empire of
Democratic Socialists
Sanctus Christus Deus Vult
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population4.947 billion

LeaderPope Saul XVI
FaithChristian fundamentalism


The Holy Empire of Kappan is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Pope Saul XVI with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, public floggings, and daily referendums. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 4.947 billion Kappanese are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized government prioritizes Education, although Administration, Environment, and Healthcare are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Devotion. The average income tax rate is 68.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Kappanese economy, worth 588 trillion Deniers a year, is led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 118,903 Deniers, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It is a crime to offend someone's religious beliefs, trails to natural wonders are littered with trash from reality film crews, ample hospital parking is half-filled by the luxury cars of hospital managers, and rumor has it that Pope Saul XVI has won three lotteries in a row. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Kappan's national animal is the Leviathan, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christian fundamentalism.

Kappan is ranked 146,410th in the world and 5,304th in Lazarus for Most Extreme, scoring 12.65 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Most Devout: 2,287thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,527thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,980thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,877thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,280thMost Cultured: 8,413thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,877thBest Weather: 8,932ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,057thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,127thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,493rdHealthiest Citizens: 10,078thTop
Most Influential: 10,833rdSmartest Citizens: 10,881stMost Developed: 11,210thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,443rdHighest Poor Incomes: 13,560thLowest Crime Rates: 13,715thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,723rdMost Pacifist: 13,798thMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,958thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,264thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,271stNicest Citizens: 17,540thSafest: 18,034thMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,586thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,778thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,883rd
Most Devout: 129th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 184th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 227th in the regionMost Influential: 258th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 260th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 324th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 335th in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 460th in the regionMost Cultured: 471st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 503rd in the regionBest Weather: 512th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 516th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 587th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 597th in the regionMost Developed: 646th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 669th in the regionMost Pacifist: 686th in the region

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