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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:
Good

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: Forest

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Cat-Herders United

Population2.251 billion

CapitalEl Pueblo Unido
LeaderPresident Catniss Mesteņero
FaithFeline Catolicism

CurrencyFeline Florin
AnimalCat

The Seminomadic Republic of Cat-Herders United is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by President Catniss Mesteņero with an even hand, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, rampant corporate plagiarism, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate population of 2.251 billion Cat-herders enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The large government prioritizes Education, although Healthcare, Environment, and Administration are also considered important, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of El Pueblo Unido. The average income tax rate is 89.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Cat-Herders Unitedian economy, worth 284 trillion Feline Florins a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 126,278 Feline Florins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A recent political speech drew the ire of nerds everywhere after the speaker claimed that Darth Vader was Harry Potter's father, government officials sit helplessly as they are labelled 'Pompous Womples' by celebrities, the nation's politicians are known more for the internet memes they spawn than any of their accomplishments, and high school bands practice by moonlight. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. 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 128,918th in the world and 350th in Forest for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.82 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Most Influential: 1,992ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,495thMost Inclusive: 4,105thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,239thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,616thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,797thNicest Citizens: 4,800thBest Weather: 5,210thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,761stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,790thMost Developed: 5,905thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,909thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,918thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,384thMost Pacifist: 6,669thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,864thHealthiest Citizens: 6,975thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,070thSafest: 8,215thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,337thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 8,944thSmartest Citizens: 9,118thMost Cultured: 9,316thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,159thLargest Governments: 10,465thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,434thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,543rdNudest: 13,031stMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,196thMost Secular: 16,249th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 15th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 35th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 56th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 59th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 60th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 60th in the regionNudest: 61st in the regionMost Inclusive: 61st in the regionMost Developed: 65th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Cat-Herders United, high school bands practice by moonlight.
  • : Following new legislation in Cat-Herders United, the nation's politicians are known more for the internet memes they spawn than any of their accomplishments.
  • : Cat-Herders United was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments and Safest and the Top 10% for Most Secular.
  • : Cat-Herders United voted against the World Assembly Resolution "The Amelioration of Maritime Conditions".
  • : Following new legislation in Cat-Herders United, government officials sit helplessly as they are labelled 'Pompous Womples' by celebrities.
  • : Following new legislation in Cat-Herders United, a recent political speech drew the ire of nerds everywhere after the speaker claimed that Darth Vader was Harry Potter's father.
  • : Following new legislation in Cat-Herders United, agreeing to appear on TV is often the best way to access social care.
  • : Following new legislation in Cat-Herders United, Occam's razor has sliced to pieces any childhood belief in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
  • : Cat-Herders United was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "Left-Leaning College State".
  • : Cat-Herders United endorsed The Holy Green Woods of Ashrah.

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