by Max Barry

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Most Primitive: 54th Most Devout: 158th Best Weather: 588th
The Equal Tribal Confederacy of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
A people, yet unlanded.
Civil Rights
Very Strong
Political Freedom

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Middle Ketalia

Population3.345 billion

CapitalThe Court-City of the Peacemaker-Spirit
LeaderPeacemaker Salmonette Raindrop
FaithThe Mystery Cult of Ketal


The Equal Tribal Confederacy of Middle Ketalia is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Peacemaker Salmonette Raindrop with a fair hand, and renowned for its teetotalling pirates, complete lack of prisons, and compulsory military service. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 3.345 billion Middle Ketalians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Court-City of the Peacemaker-Spirit. The average income tax rate is 91.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Middle Ketalic economy, worth 309 trillion Kets a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 92,607 Kets, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Weighted heels are added to military boots to ensure diminutive celebrities meet minimum requirements, the national guard is mobilized whenever a mother gets separated from her child at the mall, few that venture into government archives are ever seen again, and the consent form for routine blood pressure measurement has been nominated for the 'Novel Of The Year' award. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Middle Ketalia's national animal is the Starling, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Mystery Cult of Ketal.

Middle Ketalia is ranked 8,890th in the world and 495th in Lazarus for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 55.21 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Most Primitive: 54thMost Devout: 158thBest Weather: 588thMost Beautiful Environments: 841stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 858thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,259thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,323rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,432ndMost Pacifist: 1,554thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 1,874thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,003rdMost Inclusive: 2,704thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,766thMost Cultured: 2,770thMost Income Equality: 2,865thNicest Citizens: 3,075thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,156thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,745thMost Influential: 4,295thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,467thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,170thLargest Governments: 5,893rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,170thLowest Crime Rates: 7,287thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 8,890thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,562ndHighest Poor Incomes: 11,649thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 16,385th
Most Primitive: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 12th in the regionBest Weather: 22nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 31st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 44th in the regionMost Income Equality: 47th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 50th in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 58th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 71st in the regionMost Pacifist: 73rd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 79th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 79th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 79th in the regionMost Influential: 85th in the regionMost Inclusive: 91st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 118th in the regionMost Cultured: 122nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 134th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 184th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 308th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 332nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 376th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 397th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 447th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 495th in the region

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