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Most Influential: 1,957thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,265thMost Devout: 4,940th
The Holy Empire of
Father Knows Best State
Kot
The Kotifex
Influence
Newcomer
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Kot

Population2.819 billion

CapitalKottopia
LeaderThe Kotifex
FaithKotism

Currencykot
Animalkot

The Holy Empire of The Kot is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by The Kotifex with an iron fist, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, keen interest in outer space, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 2.819 billion Kotians 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 relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Healthcare, Administration, and Law & Order are also considered important, while International Aid receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kottopia. The average income tax rate is 36.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Kotian economy, worth 438 trillion kots a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 155,626 kots, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

The government funds large training centres to turn kots into functioning members of society, phone taps are frequently carried out by the police, citizens have reported seeing strange rays of light emanating from the moon, and the clergy of Kotism remains a single-sex institution. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Kot's national animal is the kot, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Kotism.

The Kot is ranked 116,836th in the world and 3,865th in Balder for Most Income Equality, scoring 32.82 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 4,265thMost Devout: 4,940thFattest Citizens: 5,312thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,194thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,281stMost Patriotic: 8,710thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,638thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,719thLargest Black Market: 11,201stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,686thMost Cultured: 13,042ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 13,339thTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 13,635thHighest Average Incomes: 13,900thLargest Gambling Industry: 15,184thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,541stMost Armed: 15,663rdHighest Poor Incomes: 17,003rdLargest Publishing Industry: 17,568thLargest Insurance Industry: 20,395thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,886th
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Most Influential: 14th in the regionTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 187th in the regionMost Devout: 212th in the regionFattest Citizens: 282nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 358th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 373rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 374th in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 388th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 478th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 528th in the regionLargest Black Market: 529th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 530th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 593rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 663rd in the regionMost Cultured: 679th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 690th in the regionMost Armed: 703rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 711th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 730th in the region

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