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The Seminomadic Republic of Cat-Herders United

“Easy as herding cats!”

Category: Left-Leaning College State
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: Forest

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Cat-Herders United

Population5.314 billion

CapitalEl Pueblo Unido
LeaderPresident Catniss Mesteņero
FaithFeline Catolicism

CurrencyDucat
AnimalCat

The Seminomadic Republic of Cat-Herders United is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by President Catniss Mesteņero with an even hand, and remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, pith helmet sales, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 5.314 billion Cat-herders enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of El Pueblo Unido. The average income tax rate is 73.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Cat-Herders Unitedian economy, worth 856 trillion Ducats a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 161,257 Ducats, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Owning a really cute pet is grounds for immediate investigation, manufacturers of biodegradable plastics have to wait for months to show evidence of organic decomposition, people are raising their middle finger to non-digital currencies, and returning vacationers often find that their property is now a construction site. Crime is totally unknown. Cat-Herders United's national animal is the Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Feline Catolicism.

Cat-Herders United is ranked 32,204th in the world and 80th in Forest for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 264,631 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Influential: 746thMost Inclusive: 1,725thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,858thNicest Citizens: 2,020thBest Weather: 2,311thTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 2,717thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,909thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,089thMost Cultured: 3,691stLargest Publishing Industry: 4,012thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,032ndHealthiest Citizens: 4,276thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,289thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,764thMost Pacifist: 5,115thSmartest Citizens: 5,261stMost Developed: 5,390thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,571stLongest Average Lifespans: 5,914thSafest: 6,425thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,724thLargest Agricultural Sector: 9,631stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,794thHighest Average Incomes: 11,963rdTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 14,197thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,252ndLargest Governments: 14,259thLowest Crime Rates: 15,319thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,891stMost Advanced Public Education: 17,070thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,859thMost Rebellious Youth: 19,601stLargest Welfare Programs: 20,516thMost Secular: 20,814thMost Stationary: 21,156thHighest Economic Output: 21,877th
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Most Influential: 14th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18th in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 31st in the regionMost Inclusive: 32nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 40th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 41st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 44th in the regionNicest Citizens: 47th in the region

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