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The Republic of Calbee


Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The East Pacific



Population954 million



The Republic of Calbee is a huge, efficient nation, renowned for its keen interest in outer space, free-roaming dinosaurs, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 954 million Calbeeans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of ΛTHΞOS. The average income tax rate is 42.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Calbeean economy, worth 80.1 trillion Keks a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Cheese Exports, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 83,966 Keks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Billions of Keks are being poured into a space program, attendance of fathers at PTA meetings is at an all-time high, pharmaceutical companies emphatically promise that "your pills are in the mail" rather than admit any supply shortfall, and construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Calbee's national animal is the Nyn, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Calbee is ranked 146,114th in the world and 5,789th in The East Pacific for Fattest Citizens, with 9.32 Obesity Rate.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,840thMost Influential: 3,638thMost Secular: 10,221stTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 14,764thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,925thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,973rd
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 165th in the regionMost Influential: 239th in the regionMost Secular: 352nd in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 493rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 500th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 511th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 583rd in the regionMost Average: 607th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 677th in the region

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