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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,384thMost Armed: 1,725thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,833rd
The Still No Civil War of
Democratic Socialists
The Commando Program Doesn’t Exist
Senator Elaxan Rackham
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Kathol Rift

Population4.372 billion

CapitalThe Citadel of Peace
LeaderSenator Elaxan Rackham


The Still No Civil War of Kathol Rift is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Senator Elaxan Rackham with an even hand, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, smutty television, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 4.372 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 prioritizes Defense, although Education, Administration, and Healthcare 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 of Peace. The average income tax rate is 97.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Kathol economy, worth 907 trillion Chits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Tourism. Average income is an amazing 207,501 Chits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Senator Elaxan Rackham's office has a newly installed Max-Man arcade game programmed by a 5th-grader, the best way to be heard in politics is to speak softly and carry a big comedy prop, citizens are encouraged to report friends, family members or co-workers who seem depressed to the government for "counselling", and Senator Elaxan Rackham can often be found attempting to coax random citizens' cats down from trees. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable 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.

Kathol Rift is ranked 2,181st in the world and 75th in the Pacific for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring 56,653.71 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,384thMost Armed: 1,725thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,833rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,921stHighest Poor Incomes: 2,011thMost Patriotic: 2,014thHealthiest Citizens: 2,132ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,181stLongest Average Lifespans: 2,182ndTop
Most Developed: 2,391stLowest Crime Rates: 2,730thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,894thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,932ndLargest Governments: 3,196thSmartest Citizens: 3,522ndMost Inclusive: 4,663rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,764thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,232ndHighest Average Incomes: 6,188thMost Secular: 6,399thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,759thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,767thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,786thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,827thBest Weather: 7,997thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,828thHighest Food Quality: 8,960thRudest Citizens: 10,112thMost Efficient Economies: 10,230thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,782ndTop
Most Influential: 11,619thMost Income Equality: 12,326thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,807thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,013thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,581stHighest Economic Output: 21,005th
Most Influential: 34th in the regionMost Armed: 38th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 48th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 52nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 52nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 53rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 54th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 63rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 69th in the regionMost Developed: 72nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 73rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 75th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 75th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 83rd in the regionLargest Governments: 85th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 96th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 117th in the regionMost Inclusive: 121st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 140th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 149th in the regionMost Secular: 166th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 169th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 179th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 184th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 194th in the regionBest Weather: 210th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 218th in the regionRudest Citizens: 238th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 241st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 245th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 269th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 298th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 347th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 351st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 385th in the regionMost Income Equality: 487th in the regionLargest Populations: 533rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 558th in the regionMost Stationary: 577th in the region

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