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Most Armed: 2,579thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,419thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,543rd
The Holy Catholic Empire of
Moralistic Democracy
We will always come back.
Nikolai the First
Influence
Dominator
Founder
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Some

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Karstia

Population2.033 billion

CapitalImpercia
LeaderNikolai the First
FaithRoman Catholicism

CurrencyKartonian Dollar
AnimalPhoenix

The Holy Catholic Empire of Karstia is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Nikolai the First with an even hand, and remarkable for its aversion to nipples, unlimited-speed roads, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, devout population of 2.033 billion Karstians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Impercia. The average income tax rate is 53.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Karstian economy, worth 335 trillion Kartonian Dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 164,902 Kartonian Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Traffic jams are a common sight due to construction work from a massive overhaul of the nation's freeways, funeral directors are frequently looking at their watches during funerals, pet loving officers arrest citizens who don't give their dogs enough biscuits, and crossword puzzles have been co-opted as a symbol of racial discrimination. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Karstia's national animal is the Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Karstia is ranked 12,250th in the world and 1st in Barbungia for Largest Black Market, with 53.7 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Top
5%
Most Armed: 2,579thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,419thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,543rdMost Devout: 5,400thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,794thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,713thHighest Average Incomes: 10,819thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,044thMost Developed: 11,054thTop
10%
Highest Disposable Incomes: 11,322ndLowest Crime Rates: 11,442ndLongest Average Lifespans: 12,248thLargest Black Market: 12,250thHealthiest Citizens: 12,331stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,436thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,668thBest Weather: 14,198thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,313thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,041stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,954thSmartest Citizens: 16,331stMost Beautiful Environments: 16,438thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,495thLargest Governments: 19,314thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,143rdMost Efficient Economies: 20,946th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Karstia, crossword puzzles have been co-opted as a symbol of racial discrimination.
  • : Following new legislation in Karstia, pet loving officers arrest citizens who don't give their dogs enough biscuits.
  • : Following new legislation in Karstia, funeral directors are frequently looking at their watches during funerals.
  • : Following new legislation in Karstia, traffic jams are a common sight due to construction work from a massive overhaul of the nation's freeways.
  • : Following new legislation in Karstia, the tenet of free speech is held dear.
  • : Karstia was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Moralistic Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Karstia, the media have begun calling the government treasury "Nikolai the First's stash".
  • : Following new legislation in Karstia, every workday begins with group therapy.
  • : Karstia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Karstia, children must be board certified to append "Jr" to their name.

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