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The Egalitarian Democracy of Karteria

“Amor Vincit Omnia”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Powerbroker

Location: New West Indies

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Karteria

Population2.823 billion

CapitalLiliana City
LeaderPresident Benjamin Heigele

CurrencyKar
AnimalWhite-Tailed Deer

The Egalitarian Democracy of Karteria is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by President Benjamin Heigele with a fair hand, and notable for its smutty television, free-roaming dinosaurs, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.823 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 large 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 88.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Karterian economy, worth 371 trillion Kars 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 131,614 Kars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The song 'They Got an Awful Lot of Coffee in Karteria' is a smash hit, colleges adhere to rigid ethnic quotas for admissions, halberds are common 18th birthday presents, and the government pours millions of Kars into rehabilitation programs annually. Crime 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 is also the nation's favorite main course.

Karteria is ranked 13,583rd in the world and 6th in New West Indies for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 320.62 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,419thMost Pacifist: 3,442ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,747thMost Inclusive: 4,076thMost Influential: 4,416thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,607thNicest Citizens: 4,702ndBest Weather: 4,804thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,072ndSafest: 5,257thMost Developed: 5,336thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,519thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,735thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,830thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,893rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,317thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,601stLargest Welfare Programs: 6,834thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,148thHealthiest Citizens: 7,246thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,384thSmartest Citizens: 7,610thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 8,556thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,958thLargest Governments: 10,207thLowest Crime Rates: 11,368thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,096thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,369thMost Secular: 12,796thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,583rdMost Subsidized Industry: 16,294th
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Most Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 9th in the regionMost Stationary: 9th in the region

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