by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 643rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,158thLowest Crime Rates: 3,874th
The Thingy of
Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population19.338 billion



The Thingy of Katyuscha is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Him with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 19.338 billion Katyuschans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cityville. The average income tax rate is 94.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Katyuschan economy, worth a remarkable 2,420 trillion Munzes a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is an impressive 125,159 Munzes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

The Beasty is protected from hunting and slowly coming back from the brink of extinction, tax evaders are regularly visited by agents of the Katyuscha Blood Tithe, a recent law has banned homes from having any more than one wheel, and Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Katyuscha's national animal is the Beasty, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Whatever.

Katyuscha is ranked 99,994th in the world and 3,528th in Balder for Most Pro-Market, scoring 48.33 on the Rand Index.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 643rdTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,158thLowest Crime Rates: 3,874thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,879thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,268thLargest Insurance Industry: 5,341stHighest Economic Output: 5,812thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,094thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,162ndLargest Governments: 6,595thLargest Populations: 6,864thSafest: 7,967thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,777thHealthiest Citizens: 9,902ndTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 11,826thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,379thMost Developed: 12,976thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,629thMost Influential: 14,647thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,681stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 17,610thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,774thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,935thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,406thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,411thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,722ndHighest Average Incomes: 20,531st
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 34th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 103rd in the regionMost Influential: 140th in the regionLargest Populations: 152nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 175th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 214th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 234th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 241st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 272nd in the regionLargest Governments: 305th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 326th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 327th in the regionTop
Safest: 419th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 419th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 474th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 554th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 663rd in the regionMost Developed: 666th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 738th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 742nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 749th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Katyuscha was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Katyuscha's influence in Balder rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Katyuscha's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Katyuscha's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Katyuscha altered its national flag.
  • : Katyuscha's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Katyuscha was refounded in Balder.
  • : Katyuscha ceased to exist in Kotturheim.
  • : Katyuscha was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Katyuscha was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.


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