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The Republic of Catierro

“The Land of Equality”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population7.329 billion



The Republic of Catierro is a colossal, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 7.329 billion Catierroans 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 large government prioritizes Education, with Welfare, Healthcare, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Catierro. The average income tax rate is 95.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Catierroan economy, worth a remarkable 1,202 trillion Dollars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 164,142 Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of, replacement organs are grown in vats, national parks have long lines of different gender-specific 'Porta-Pottys', and crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Catierro's national animal is the Bull, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Catierro is ranked 127,261st in the world and 5,676th in The North Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring 38.78 on the Rand Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 835thMost Pacifist: 1,088thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,100thMost Influential: 1,169thNicest Citizens: 1,172ndLargest Welfare Programs: 1,327thMost Inclusive: 1,788thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,051stTop
Best Weather: 2,067thHealthiest Citizens: 2,115thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,272ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,695thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,752ndLowest Crime Rates: 3,059thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,149thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,202ndMost Developed: 3,339thSafest: 3,393rdMost Efficient Economies: 3,884thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,023rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,233rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,407thSmartest Citizens: 4,499thMost Cultured: 4,768thLargest Governments: 5,505thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,783rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,158thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,560thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,268thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,470thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,787thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 10,666thHighest Economic Output: 13,745thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,974th
Largest Welfare Programs: 54th in the regionMost Pacifist: 69th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 73rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 76th in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 97th in the regionMost Inclusive: 112th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 115th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 121st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 125th in the regionBest Weather: 131st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 146th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 153rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 155th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 159th in the regionMost Developed: 190th in the regionSafest: 190th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 213th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 221st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 224th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 224th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 228th in the regionMost Cultured: 240th in the regionLargest Governments: 287th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 311th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 330th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 333rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 427th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 436th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 443rd in the regionMost Influential: 473rd in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 489th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 502nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 547th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 684th in the regionLargest Populations: 697th in the regionMost Stationary: 812th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Catierro was endorsed by The Empire of Neu-Galicia.
  • : Catierro voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Access to Abortion".
  • : Following new legislation in Catierro, crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens.
  • : Following new legislation in Catierro, national parks have long lines of different gender-specific 'Porta-Pottys'.
  • : Following new legislation in Catierro, replacement organs are grown in vats.
  • : Catierro was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Best Weather and Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Following new legislation in Catierro, bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of.
  • : Following new legislation in Catierro, Catierro is notorious for its citizens' infidelity.
  • : Following new legislation in Catierro, invasive species are hunted by the gendarmerie.
  • : Following new legislation in Catierro, citizens are encouraged to report friends, family members or co-workers who seem depressed to the government for "counselling".


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 208 » Yaorozu, Notyoutopia, Siwale, The Rhein States, Territorio di Nessuno, Malta Comino Gozo, PlanetPunk, Great Bights Mum, Kwaj, Koda-Land, Corfad, North Bratislava, Dar es Saalam, Wilkshire, The Windmilluminati, Shibutani, Sundred, Vincone Cae, Omnistria, Selfgradatude, United Draconia, Holy Oranz, Dreadton, Sunto, Kasazzastan, Former English Colony, The Iron Lions, Pallaith, Sil Dorsett, El Fiji Grande, Votak Matim, Niradans, Guer Aike, Warsaw-Halicz, Cloydicia, Wineclaw, Avemterra, Ethnon, Frances Francis the First of France, Highton Islands, Diodone, Ninjak30, New Pruessen, Shadowrik, Napnomadia, Bearical, Zumlandia, Empy, Xentherida, Yukti, and 158 others.Maott, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Unsophisticate, Pasargad, Buckerino, Universal State Formula, Moubarakistan, New Trisone, Joodey, The Sinclarian Provinces, Atain, Egalico, Solmetria, Plangainer, Acrabinnia, Steampunk Ariel, Trillius, Haor Chall, Unimaginable Doom, Astronomical, Valhalla123, Nakayo, 1 very fast endotarter, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Noahs Second Country, Loutsland, Astrind, Solidair, Glurponia, Kobagia, British Pacific Islands, Orado, SORT, Wisconsota, Daiz, Runeda, Zeternia, The Tampa Bay Rays, New Octicarg, McMasterdonia, The Stratosphere Islands, Faircliff, Abject Ludicrosity, Solskjar, Gnomewatchers, Fizban, Clan Spaniel, Wallachian People, Lendara, PotatoFarmers, United Kahndaq, Xagill, Kranostav, Pazair, Seenvorland, Viridiann, Dabarastan, Zyvetskistaahn, Ravendi, Newpromisedland, Interdimensional Zone, Serendipita Martia, Castle Federation, Palgo, Valentine Z, Volstokn, Fendlium, Cobleck Weleis, Tachycardia, Lungha, Hamerica, Loli County, Merconitonitopia, Praeceps, Valatic Ash, Woodsend, The New Communist Republic Of States, MiaryBhalzhack, Eschatosia, The Endless Eventide, SherpDaWerp in TNP, The Lancerian Empire, Methor, Ihese, Jellies Island, Crader, Prevaland, Wolvenland, Avastate, Antiyard, New Lakemba, Yokciq Empire, Varola, Nistriabar, Supreme Leader Hadrian, Unshleepd, Irishvan, Westinor, Ereena, Hyphen, The Pantheons, The Serdey Islands, Korovan Isles, Solimun, Fauzjhia, Greater Pittsburgh, Mesopotama, The Democratic Kingdom Of Skaraborg, PortvgaI, Frostcell, Sikol, Saperisole, Iztocna Slavija, Zzozona, Hoglands, Plutayah, Veast, Libertania Democratica, I Like Killing people, Prydania, Shinjuku tokyo 0, Kocherian, The Calabash Protectorate, Seanat, Cowbridge, Pizza Squared, Brucklania, Arichia, The United States of Nuclear Weapons, Arbor Marshes, Schnuftelland, Borsukia, New Jamgra, Damsmel, The New Cordian Empire, Madjack, Simone Republic, Nouvelle-Floride, Ihsan, Principia Mathematica, Buckhem, Terra Aquilon, Lionia, Kragsgale, Xipher, Pokemanland, Astal Aavors, Amerian States, Illusia and Neverendia, Andexia, Ultra777, Xyrron, Daulatpur, Heilhum Imperius, U S Eh, Great Robertia, Geektopia, and Neu-Galicia.

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