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The Catholic Commonwealth of Auralia

“Amor sequitur cognitionem.”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excessive

Regional Influence: Contender

Location: Catholic

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Auralia

Population18.248 billion

CapitalSaint Mark's
LeaderPope Francis
FaithRoman Catholicism

Currencydollar
Animalred-tailed hawk

The Catholic Commonwealth of Auralia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Pope Francis with a fair hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, public floggings, and ubiquitous missile silos. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 18.248 billion Auralians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The tiny, outspoken government is primarily concerned with Education, with Defense, Administration, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Social Policy and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Saint Mark's. The average income tax rate is 2.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Auralian economy, worth a remarkable 3,592 trillion dollars a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 196,851 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government sends submarines to retrieve bodies from shipwrecked submarines, a bureaucratic fight over AIA cafeteria food expenditures has caused the temporary suspension of all agency counterintelligence operations, students do more community service than homework, and mechanics are often exhausted by their work. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Auralia's national animal is the red-tailed hawk, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Auralia is ranked 3,658th in the world and 3rd in Catholic for Highest Poor Incomes, with 149,733.14 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 113thLeast Corrupt Governments: 654thMost Devout: 903rdSafest: 1,415thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,515thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,538thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,736thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,809thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,872ndTop
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Most Influential: 2,847thHighest Economic Output: 3,252ndHighest Poor Incomes: 3,658thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,873rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,923rdMost Cultured: 4,895thSmartest Citizens: 4,990thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,589thNicest Citizens: 5,883rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,988thHighest Average Incomes: 6,565thMost Developed: 7,286thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,085thLargest Populations: 8,220thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,262ndMost Efficient Economies: 8,705thHealthiest Citizens: 10,051stBest Weather: 10,271stMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,718thLowest Crime Rates: 11,276thTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 11,360thLargest Retail Industry: 12,246thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,659thMost Politically Free: 17,157th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Influential: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 7th in the regionMost Devout: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9th in the region

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