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The Kingdom of Castene

“Per Aspera Ad Astra”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The East Pacific

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Castene

Population10.889 billion

CapitalNycona
LeaderQueen Maria Isabelle

CurrencyKorune
AnimalHammerhead shark

The Kingdom of Castene is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Queen Maria Isabelle with an even hand, and renowned for its national health service, anti-smoking policies, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, cheerful population of 10.889 billion Castenians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nycona. The average income tax rate is 99.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Castenian economy, worth a remarkable 1,759 trillion Korunes a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 161,584 Korunes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Foreign investment has dropped to a trickle after laws were passed preventing investors from taking their earnings abroad, members of the government all have oddly similar anecdotes about their childhoods, ice-filled coffins are ominously positioned in the corner of every hospital ward, and the needs of the living outweigh the needs of the dead. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Castene's national animal is the Hammerhead shark, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Castene is ranked 222,665th in the world and 8,968th in The East Pacific for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring -15.97 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 246thMost Pacifist: 534thMost Compassionate Citizens: 625thMost Advanced Public Transport: 637thNicest Citizens: 678thMost Developed: 743rdSafest: 818thBest Weather: 823rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 840thLongest Average Lifespans: 864thMost Inclusive: 873rdHealthiest Citizens: 902ndMost Advanced Public Education: 904thLeast Corrupt Governments: 931stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 937thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,018thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,199thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,305thLowest Crime Rates: 1,363rdMost Beautiful Environments: 1,452ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,806thLargest Governments: 2,049thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 3,130thMost Cultured: 3,486thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,267thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,121stLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,873rdMost Stationary: 7,610thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,746thHighest Economic Output: 8,931stMost Secular: 9,422ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,939thHighest Average Incomes: 11,317thTop
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Most Influential: 14,100thMost Income Equality: 17,446thMost Subsidized Industry: 18,801stMost Efficient Economies: 21,983rd
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Largest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 8th in the regionMost Pacifist: 12th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15th in the regionMost Developed: 15th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 16th in the regionNicest Citizens: 17th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 18th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19th in the regionSafest: 23rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 24th in the regionBest Weather: 24th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 25th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 26th in the regionMost Inclusive: 27th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 32nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 34th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 34th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 43rd in the regionLargest Governments: 47th in the regionMost Cultured: 84th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 87th in the regionTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 93rd in the regionMost Stationary: 113th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 113th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 137th in the regionLargest Populations: 181st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 186th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 231st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 280th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 284th in the regionMost Secular: 329th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 511th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 609th in the regionMost Influential: 725th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 896th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Castene, the needs of the living outweigh the needs of the dead.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, ice-filled coffins are ominously positioned in the corner of every hospital ward.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, members of the government all have oddly similar anecdotes about their childhoods.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, foreign investment has dropped to a trickle after laws were passed preventing investors from taking their earnings abroad.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, feuilletons can only be deciphered with a Galliennais dictionary.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, animal liberationists receive government funding to break into animal research labs.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, census workers struggle to account for the rapidly increasing number of citizens to tabulate.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, professionals are ready to retire by the time they receive permission to use their credentials.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, abortions are routinely performed in the nation's hospitals.
  • : Castene was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.

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