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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,975thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,629thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,337th
The Warrior Republic of
Democratic Socialists
We die, so that they may live
Kayla Verdika
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Kathol Rift

Population2.019 billion

CapitalThe Citadel
LeaderKayla Verdika
FaithKandar Legends


The Warrior Republic of Kathol Rift is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Kayla Verdika with an even hand, and notable for its frequent executions, keen interest in outer space, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 2.019 billion Kathols are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Administration also on the agenda, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Citadel. The average income tax rate is 90.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Kathol economy, worth 274 trillion Chits a year, is quite specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 135,731 Chits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Older citizens lament over the loss of law and order, veterans' meet-ups involve a lot of tail sniffing, the aphorism "there's no need to argue" has been dismissed by Kathols, and begun the Clone Wars have. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Kathol Rift's national animal is the Thunderbird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Kandar Legends.

Kathol Rift is ranked 228,182nd in the world and 11,395th in the Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -227.06 on the Hayek Index.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,975thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,629thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,337thLowest Crime Rates: 7,389thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,286thLargest Governments: 9,474thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,602ndMost Secular: 9,769thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,845thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,980thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,014thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,027thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,131stTop
Healthiest Citizens: 12,325thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,828thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,963rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,717thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,112thHighest Average Incomes: 17,198thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,775thLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,299thMost Developed: 19,539thMost Beautiful Environments: 20,207thMost Subsidized Industry: 22,089thSmartest Citizens: 22,189thMost Influential: 22,653rdBest Weather: 23,103rd
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 72nd in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 150th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 187th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 191st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 212th in the regionLargest Governments: 220th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 266th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 269th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 269th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 293rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 316th in the regionMost Secular: 328th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 332nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 342nd in the regionMost Influential: 366th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 389th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 406th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 454th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 461st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 462nd in the regionMost Developed: 497th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 503rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 513th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 525th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 578th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 612th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 640th in the regionBest Weather: 667th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 742nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 742nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 824th in the regionLargest Populations: 882nd in the region

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