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Most Armed: 2,001stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,165thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,639th
The Still No Civil War of
Democratic Socialists
The Commando Program Doesn’t Exist
Senator Elaxan Rackham
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Kathol Rift

Population3.454 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 notable for its smutty television, ubiquitous missile silos, and soft-spoken computers. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 3.454 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, 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 94.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Kathol economy, worth 603 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 Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 174,664 Chits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Military spending recently hit a new high, welfare funding has recently gone through the roof, Thunderbird is one of the most popular forenames in Kathol Rift, and Bigtopian interference in domestic elections is always democratically sanctioned. 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 213,138th in the world and 5,299th in the Pacific for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.3 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Most Armed: 2,001stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,165thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,639thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,907thHealthiest Citizens: 3,126thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,375thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,412thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,471stHighest Poor Incomes: 3,832ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,180thLowest Crime Rates: 4,539thMost Developed: 5,182ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,577thLargest Governments: 5,771stSmartest Citizens: 7,122ndLargest Welfare Programs: 7,693rdBest Weather: 8,468thMost Secular: 8,878thMost Inclusive: 9,340thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,382ndHighest Average Incomes: 9,489thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,809thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,781stMost Influential: 10,918thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 13,344thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,396thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,713thMost Efficient Economies: 15,755thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,242ndMost Income Equality: 18,371stMost Subsidized Industry: 19,241stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21,649th
Most Influential: 24th in the regionMost Armed: 32nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 56th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 64th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 76th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 77th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 86th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 91st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 102nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 105th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 120th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 121st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 127th in the regionLargest Governments: 132nd in the regionMost Developed: 135th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 173rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 192nd in the regionBest Weather: 195th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 202nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 211th in the regionMost Secular: 227th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 234th in the regionMost Inclusive: 260th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 263rd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 305th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 309th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 335th in the regionRudest Citizens: 362nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 386th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 387th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 394th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 420th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 431st in the region

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