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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 154th Largest Welfare Programs: 682nd Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,015th
The United Socialist States of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Unity, Justice and Wealth
Regional Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Thriving
Political Freedom
Very Good

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The United Socialist States of Kholdan is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Zghuk Whitescull with an even hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, anti-smoking policies, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, humorless, devout population of 10.918 billion Kholdanians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt government stops and the rest of society begins, but it prioritizes Law & Order, with Welfare, Defense, and Industry also on the agenda, while Administration receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kholdan City. The average income tax rate is 95.3%.

The thriving Kholdanian economy, worth 953 trillion Marks a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Information Technology industry. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 87,336 Marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Exam halls are littered with used needles and empty pill bottles, late night talk show hosts are having a field day over Zghuk Whitescull's questionably sane new coalition partners, stoned tourists don't tend to remember much about their holidays here, and whales in captivity live in little more than glorified goldfish bowls. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Kholdan's national animal is the Osprey, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Gallifreyan mysticism.

Kholdan is ranked 146,654th in the world and 5,787th in the South Pacific for Highest Crime Rates, with 1.62 Crimes Per Hour.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 154thLargest Welfare Programs: 682ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,015thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,164thMost Influential: 1,253rdTop
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Safest: 1,539thBest Weather: 2,373rdMost Beautiful Environments: 2,847thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,936thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,851stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,424thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,656thLowest Crime Rates: 4,800thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,244thMost Pacifist: 5,966thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 7,671stLargest Governments: 8,057thHealthiest Citizens: 8,463rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,855thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,432ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,894thHighest Economic Output: 11,052ndLargest Populations: 11,461stNudest: 13,086thSmartest Citizens: 13,421stMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,160thMost Stationary: 14,477th
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 22nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 23rd in the regionMost Influential: 31st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 37th in the regionSafest: 39th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 62nd in the regionBest Weather: 68th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 73rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 78th in the regionLargest Populations: 95th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 103rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 109th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 110th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 152nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 152nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 167th in the regionLargest Governments: 184th in the regionMost Pacifist: 193rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 238th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 244th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 253rd in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 335th in the regionNudest: 347th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 360th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 378th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 412th in the regionMost Developed: 518th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 544th in the region

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