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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,629thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,762ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,626th
The Warrior Republic of
Democratic Socialists
We die, so that they may live
Kayla Verdika
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Kathol Rift

Population2.272 billion

CapitalThe Citadel
LeaderKayla Verdika
FaithKandar Legends


The Warrior Republic of Kathol Rift is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Kayla Verdika with an even hand, and notable for its pith helmet sales, sprawling nuclear power plants, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 2.272 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 government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Education, and Administration are also considered important, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Citadel. The average income tax rate is 91.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Kathol economy, worth 329 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 145,211 Chits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Old folks reminisce about the last time someone was acquitted of a crime, medical experts advise that those claiming to be medical experts are probably fraudsters, frat-house partying has become the national pastime, and the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster. 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 202,324th in the world and 7,379th in the Pacific for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -15.03 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,629thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,762ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,626thLowest Crime Rates: 5,869thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,338thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,373rdLargest Governments: 7,880thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,310thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,643rdHighest Poor Incomes: 8,688thMost Secular: 8,823rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,961stLongest Average Lifespans: 8,963rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,801stMost Developed: 10,270thHealthiest Citizens: 10,281stTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 12,099thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,633rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,985thHighest Average Incomes: 14,576thMost Influential: 15,051stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,870thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,256thSmartest Citizens: 16,469thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,242ndMost Subsidized Industry: 18,126thMost Beautiful Environments: 20,090thMost Efficient Economies: 20,689th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 66th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 85th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 149th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 149th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 177th in the regionLargest Governments: 185th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 202nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 218th in the regionMost Influential: 222nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 222nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 237th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 255th in the regionMost Developed: 267th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 275th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 281st in the regionMost Secular: 315th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 328th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 340th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 345th in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 392nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 403rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 460th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 485th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 508th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 510th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 540th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 543rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 544th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 668th in the regionBest Weather: 720th in the region

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