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The Queen's State of Kasba Cross


Category: Anarchy
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Regional Influence: Negotiator

Location: Bonn


Kasba Cross

Population19.758 billion


The Queen's State of Kasba Cross is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its absence of drug laws and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 19.758 billion Kasba Crossians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The tiny, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, although Education, Healthcare, and Welfare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense receive no funds. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6.4%.

The powerhouse Kasba Crossian economy, worth 924 trillion betales a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is quite specialized and led by the Basket Weaving industry, with major contributions from Retail, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 46,814 betales, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 318,278 per year while the poor average 2,515, a ratio of 126 to 1.

The tenet of free speech is held dear, the automotive industry soaks up huge government handouts, the government has undertaken a massive education and health program to combat VODAIS, and the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller. Crime is a major problem, probably because of the absence of a police force. Kasba Cross's national animal is the deer, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Kasba Cross is ranked 69,580th in the world and 3rd in Bonn for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 3,058.94 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Most Politically Free: 284thMost Pro-Market: 292ndMost Extreme: 1,491stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,917thTop
Highest Drug Use: 2,979thLargest Populations: 6,436thHighest Crime Rates: 6,699thRudest Citizens: 8,262ndMost Extensive Civil Rights: 9,950thTop
Nudest: 10,979thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 12,723rdMost Armed: 15,922ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 16,407thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18,008thHighest Economic Output: 18,202ndMost Avoided: 18,248thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 20,414th
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Kasba Cross was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Fattest Citizens.
  • : Kasba Cross was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Kasba Cross's influence in Bonn rose from "Auxiliary" to "Negotiator".
  • : Kasba Cross's influence in Bonn fell from "Negotiator" to "Auxiliary".
  • : Kasba Cross's influence in Bonn rose from "Auxiliary" to "Negotiator".
  • : Kasba Cross's influence in Bonn fell from "Negotiator" to "Auxiliary".
  • : Kasba Cross was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Kasba Cross was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, the Top 5% for Nudest, and the Top 10% for Fattest Citizens.
  • : Kasba Cross's influence in Bonn rose from "Auxiliary" to "Negotiator".
  • : Kasba Cross was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.