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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,972ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,609thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,292nd
The Warrior Republic of
Democratic Socialists
We die, so that they may live
Kayla Verdika
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Kathol Rift

Population2.036 billion

CapitalThe Citadel
LeaderKayla Verdika
FaithKandar Legends

CurrencyChit
AnimalThunderbird

The Warrior Republic of Kathol Rift is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Kayla Verdika with an even hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, compulsory military service, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 2.036 billion Kathols are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, corrupt government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Administration also on the agenda, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Citadel. The average income tax rate is 90.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Kathol economy, worth 276 trillion Chits a year, is quite specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 135,718 Chits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Political gridlock ensues as even the most innocuous legislation is vetoed by the Supreme Court for potential civil rights violations, economists claim no news is good news, consumption of cat memes has skyrocketed, and sermons are regularly interrupted by businessmen taking phone calls. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Kathol Rift's national animal is the Thunderbird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Kandar Legends.

Kathol Rift is ranked 9,388th in the world and 221st in the Pacific for Largest Governments, scoring 33.18 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,972ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,609thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,292ndLowest Crime Rates: 7,413thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,211thLargest Governments: 9,388thMost Secular: 9,484thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,563rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,873rdHighest Poor Incomes: 9,963rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,986thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,004thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,026thTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 12,311thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,327thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,959thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,699thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,072ndHighest Average Incomes: 17,185thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,204thMost Developed: 17,351stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,771stMost Beautiful Environments: 20,195thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,430thMost Influential: 21,718thBest Weather: 21,805thSmartest Citizens: 22,107th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 71st in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 150th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 191st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 193rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 210th in the regionLargest Governments: 221st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 270th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 272nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 278th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 294th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 315th in the regionMost Secular: 322nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 331st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 337th in the regionMost Influential: 354th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 393rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 409th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 433rd in the regionMost Developed: 442nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 461st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 464th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 511th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 516th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 530th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 532nd in the regionBest Weather: 613th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 629th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 639th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 690th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 745th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 797th in the regionLargest Populations: 890th in the region

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