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Most Valuable International Artwork: 834thLargest Retail Industry: 2,311thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,706th
The Constitutional Monarchy of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Cascadia; United As One
Influence
Truckler
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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The Cascade Regions

Population4.405 billion

CapitalSeattle
LeaderGabriel Valk

CurrencyCascadian Dollar
AnimalGray Wolf

The Constitutional Monarchy of The Cascade Regions is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Gabriel Valk with an even hand, and remarkable for its infamous sell-swords, free-roaming dinosaurs, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 4.405 billion Cascadians 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.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Seattle. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 70.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Cascadian economy, worth 737 trillion Cascadian Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 167,403 Cascadian Dollars, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 883,224 per year while the poor average 16,879, a ratio of 52.3 to 1.

Young people avoid opening doors for the elderly with impunity, claiming to have performed the Heimlich Maneuver is a popular defense for assault charges, Brancaland has gifted over nine thousand putrid moose carcasses to The Cascade Regions as a reminder of their "special relationship", and power stations shutting down at night has made bedtime reading tricky. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Cascade Regions's national animal is the Gray Wolf, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Cascade Regions is ranked 7,677th in the world and 3rd in Ascenthia for Most Developed, scoring 91.35 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 834thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 2,311thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,706thRudest Citizens: 3,038thMost Efficient Economies: 4,055thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,587thMost Cultured: 7,526thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7,664thMost Developed: 7,677thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,800thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,877thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,997thSmartest Citizens: 9,018thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,634thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,011thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,108thHighest Average Incomes: 10,168thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,448thLowest Crime Rates: 10,540thMost Influential: 10,936thLargest Governments: 13,034thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,155thHealthiest Citizens: 13,737thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,198thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,213thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,273rdSafest: 15,344thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15,549thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 16,318thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,357thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,583rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 20,201st
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Stationary: 10th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 11th in the regionLargest Populations: 12th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13th in the regionSafest: 14th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Cascade Regions, power stations shutting down at night has made bedtime reading tricky.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cascade Regions, Brancaland has gifted over nine thousand putrid moose carcasses to The Cascade Regions as a reminder of their "special relationship".
  • : Following new legislation in The Cascade Regions, claiming to have performed the Heimlich Maneuver is a popular defense for assault charges.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cascade Regions, young people avoid opening doors for the elderly with impunity.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cascade Regions, politicians who vacation in East Lebatuck lose their jobs upon their return.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cascade Regions, it is a silent spring in The Cascade Regions.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cascade Regions, buses are widely regarded as the safest way to travel.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cascade Regions, formerly fertile fields are being leached dry of nutrients by intensive farming.
  • : The Cascade Regions was endorsed by The Like of Dependants.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cascade Regions, people often feel unbalanced by their daily commute.

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