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The Sometimes Author Republic of Castarilia

“Coniuncti Sumus Seiuncti Labimur”

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

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Thaecia

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Castarilia

Population592 million

CapitalMessolina

CurrencySiola
AnimalPouncing Anteater

The Sometimes Author Republic of Castarilia is a huge, cultured nation, notable for its smutty television, sprawling nuclear power plants, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 592 million Castarilians 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 large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Messolina. The average income tax rate is 68.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Castarilian economy, worth 47.8 trillion Siolas a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Pizza Delivery. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 80,823 Siolas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Teenage TV characters are played by thirty-year-olds by the end of the second season, there's no cure or sympathy for the common cold, explicit slash fiction is repackaged for kindergarten kids as stories about friends cuddling friends, and stale 'yo mamma' insults have been replaced by 'your maternal DNA' insults. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Castarilia's national animal is the Pouncing Anteater, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Castarilia is ranked 20,978th in the world and 59th in Thaecia for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 3,200.36 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,352ndMost Pacifist: 6,342ndMost Influential: 7,597thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,073rdTop
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Least Corrupt Governments: 11,951stSafest: 12,487thMost Compassionate Citizens: 12,540thNicest Citizens: 13,333rdMost Inclusive: 14,774thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,546thHealthiest Citizens: 16,105thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,228thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,726thMost Developed: 18,179thMost Cultured: 19,400thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,996th
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Nudest: 11th in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 19th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 21st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 27th in the regionSafest: 34th in the region

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