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Best Weather: 4th Most Beautiful Environments: 6th Longest Average Lifespans: 8th
The Borderland Queendom of
Democratic Socialists
Strong and Stubborn
Regional Influence
Hegemony
Founder
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Imploded
Political Freedom
Very Good

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The Borderland Queendom of Karistina is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Karistina Rajem with an even hand, and notable for its ban on automobiles, smutty television, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 30.539 billion Karistinans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — is primarily concerned with Environment, although Education, Healthcare, and Public Transport are also considered important, while Industry and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rajem. The income tax rate is 100%.

The large but stagnant Karistinan economy, worth 559 trillion marks a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 18,327 marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting, passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections, religious organizations are being forced to leave the country or pay income taxes like everybody else, and community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Karistina's national animal is the falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Karistina is ranked 96,708th in the world and 2nd in The Wheel of Time for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 983.95 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

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National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Karistina, community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common.
  • : Following new legislation in Karistina, religious organizations are being forced to leave the country or pay income taxes like everybody else.
  • : Following new legislation in Karistina, passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections.
  • : Following new legislation in Karistina, exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting.
  • : Following new legislation in Karistina, the government officially wants you to slow down and speak more clearly.
  • : Karistina's influence in The Wheel of Time fell from "Hermit" to "Hegemony".
  • : Karistina lodged a message on the The Wheel of Time Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Karistina, lavish state dinners in Rajem are the state's leading budgetary expenditure.
  • : Following new legislation in Karistina, serial commas clarify the relationship between one's lackeys, the taxpayers, and kinsfolk.
  • : Following new legislation in Karistina, Karistina Rajem's luxurious new home has been designated as a protected cultural heritage site.

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