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The Catholic Commonwealth of Auralia

“Amor sequitur cognitionem.”

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

Regional Influence: Negotiator

Location: Catholic

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Auralia

Population16.169 billion

CapitalSaint Mark's
LeaderPope Francis
FaithRoman Catholicism

Currencydollar
Animalred-tailed hawk

The Catholic Commonwealth of Auralia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Pope Francis with a fair hand, and notable for its national health service, otherworldly petting zoo, and anti-smoking policies. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 16.169 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 minute, outspoken government, or what there is of one, prioritizes 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 1.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Auralian economy, worth a remarkable 3,281 trillion dollars a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 202,976 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Fat-shaming is now public policy, the examiners who examine examiners are being examined by examiners, babysitters are a thing of the past, and the only thing that can pin down a "superhero" is red tape. 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 1,578th in the world and 5th in Catholic for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 28,102.4 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Most Efficient Economies: 157thLargest Agricultural Sector: 493rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 708thMost Devout: 885thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,419thSafest: 1,524thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,578thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,649thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,678thTop
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Most Influential: 2,974thHighest Economic Output: 3,014thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,640thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,772ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,024thSmartest Citizens: 5,161stHighest Poor Incomes: 5,365thNicest Citizens: 5,367thMost Cultured: 5,372ndHighest Average Incomes: 5,469thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,085thMost Developed: 6,146thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,728thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,854thMost Politically Free: 7,944thLargest Retail Industry: 8,289thTop
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Largest Populations: 8,487thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,620thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,929thHealthiest Citizens: 10,053rdMost Beautiful Environments: 10,372ndLowest Crime Rates: 12,176thBest Weather: 13,014thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,975th
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Least Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the region

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