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The Soviet Socialist Republics of Karatol-Advenra

“Glory or Decline!” The Porsch Command

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific



Population1.316 billion

LeaderThe Porsch Command

AnimalKaratolian Eagle

The Soviet Socialist Republics of Karatol-Advenra is a massive, genial nation, ruled by The Porsch Command with a fair hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, soft-spoken computers, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 1.316 billion Karatol-Advenrans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Natakoma. The average income tax rate is 88.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Karatol-Advenran economy, worth 161 trillion Porets a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Basket Weaving. Average income is an impressive 122,663 Porets, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over Karatol-Advenra, citizens are less concerned with policy and more concerned with whether politicians "call 'em like they see 'em", conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings, and RPG fans reminisce fondly about when people thought they were evil and dangerous rather than geeky and socially inept. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Karatol-Advenra's national animal is the Karatolian Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Atheism.

Karatol-Advenra is ranked 31,223rd in the world and 1,165th in The East Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 3,940.18 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,365thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,277thMost Influential: 3,720thMost Inclusive: 6,445thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,147thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,772ndTop
Most Developed: 8,548thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,609thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,911thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,005thMost Cultured: 9,286thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,362ndNicest Citizens: 9,957thHealthiest Citizens: 10,232ndMost Rebellious Youth: 11,120thMost Efficient Economies: 11,315thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,873rdLargest Governments: 11,884thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,984thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,762ndMost Beautiful Environments: 12,896thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,288thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,368thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,632ndBest Weather: 14,739thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,951stSmartest Citizens: 15,014th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 86th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 156th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 190th in the regionMost Inclusive: 193rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 195th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 208th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 211th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 216th in the regionMost Cultured: 229th in the regionMost Developed: 238th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 239th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 249th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 253rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 276th in the regionNicest Citizens: 277th in the regionLargest Governments: 279th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 285th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 294th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 297th in the regionNudest: 298th in the regionMost Influential: 301st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 308th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 324th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 334th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 353rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 384th in the regionBest Weather: 421st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 441st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 495th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 500th in the regionMost Armed: 535th in the regionMost Secular: 541st in the regionSafest: 547th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 566th in the region

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