by Max Barry

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Most Devout: 2,281stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,957thMost Influential: 3,413th
The Grand Order of
Democratic Socialists
Rex Tremendae Majestatis
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population2.569 billion

CapitalOlga Velikoye
Faithd'Krulius Thoroth


The Grand Order of Kathricore is a massive, cultured nation, remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, compulsory military service, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 2.569 billion Kaths are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Olga Velikoye. The average income tax rate is 85.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Kath economy, worth 143 trillion Laris a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Pizza Delivery, Gambling, and Basket Weaving. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 55,686 Laris, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It's considered a valid legal defence to say "a demon made me do it", community organizers have given up going door to door because nobody is home, meat is a luxury afforded only to the wealthy, and the Kath football team for the Maxxmas ceasefire consists only of Intelligence Corps personnel. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Kathricore's national animal is the Crow, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is d'Krulius Thoroth.

Kathricore is ranked 191,935th in the world and 239th in Lands End for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 27.43 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

Most Devout: 2,281stTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,957thMost Influential: 3,413thMost Primitive: 5,484thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,727thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,135thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,133rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,898thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,291stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20,427thMost Beautiful Environments: 20,821stMost Income Equality: 21,240thLargest Governments: 21,252nd
Most Primitive: 5th in the regionMost Devout: 7th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 15th in the regionMost Income Equality: 16th in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 19th in the regionNudest: 19th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 26th in the regionLargest Black Market: 31st in the regionMost Influential: 33rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 34th in the region

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