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The Fiefdom of Cairfield

“For all attempt; for few make”

Category: Authoritarian Democracy
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific



Population929 million



The Fiefdom of Cairfield is a huge, genial nation, notable for its prohibition of alcohol, anti-smoking policies, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, devout population of 929 million Cairfielders are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The enormous, moralistic, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Yanvere. The average income tax rate is 72.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Cairfielden economy, worth 69.4 trillion caips a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Trout Farming, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 74,751 caips, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

School uniforms are compulsory, the government spends more on chasing distant comets than on basic infrastructure, religious education is a new government priority, and citizens are permitted to carry concealed handguns. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cairfield's national animal is the moose, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Cairfield is ranked 19,930th in the world and 728th in the South Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 4,807.53 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,496thMost Influential: 4,681stMost Devout: 6,010thTop
Most Pacifist: 10,283rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,561stSafest: 10,614thLowest Crime Rates: 11,548thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,147thMost Cultured: 13,198thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,880thNicest Citizens: 13,996thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,403rdHealthiest Citizens: 14,708thMost Authoritarian: 15,551st
Most Devout: 154th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 261st in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 328th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 346th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 384th in the regionMost Cultured: 385th in the regionMost Pacifist: 388th in the regionSafest: 395th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 443rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 462nd in the regionMost Influential: 469th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 489th in the regionNicest Citizens: 490th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 500th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 526th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 578th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 597th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 614th in the regionBest Weather: 625th in the region

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