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The Egalitarian Democracy of Karteria

“Amor Vincit Omnia”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: New West Indies



Population4.365 billion

CapitalLiliana City
LeaderPresident Lucille Granger

AnimalWhite-Tailed Deer

The Egalitarian Democracy of Karteria is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by President Lucille Granger with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, restrictive gun laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.365 billion Karterians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Liliana City. The average income tax rate is 92.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Karterian economy, worth 576 trillion Panameroes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 132,091 Panameroes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

'The Anti-Government Hour' is a popular programme on many of Karteria's radio stations, people who tease dwarfs are being cut down to size, the well-to-do in New West Indies are never on time for important appointments, and royalist is the most offensive slur in the Karterian language. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Karteria's national animal is the White-Tailed Deer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Karteria is ranked 5,181st in the world and 6th in New West Indies for Safest, scoring 127.59 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

Most Pacifist: 2,491stMost Influential: 3,167thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,264thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,327thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,511thMost Inclusive: 3,671stNicest Citizens: 3,870thBest Weather: 4,208thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,486thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,966thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,169thSafest: 5,181stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,274thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,285thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,408thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,484thMost Developed: 5,565thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,699thHealthiest Citizens: 5,900thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,239thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,533rdHighest Poor Incomes: 6,911thSmartest Citizens: 6,942ndLargest Governments: 8,619thLowest Crime Rates: 8,738thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,353rdTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 11,620thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,036thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,001stMost Secular: 15,386thMost Cultured: 15,493rdMost Subsidized Industry: 16,839thHighest Average Incomes: 18,192ndMost Efficient Economies: 18,417thMost Income Equality: 19,477th
Most Influential: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionMost Pacifist: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionNicest Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 6th in the regionSafest: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionMost Inclusive: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 9th in the regionNudest: 11th in the regionMost Income Equality: 11th in the region

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