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The Battle-Torn Country of Kathol Rift

“Sometimes, you need to lose the battle to win the war” Kayla Verdika

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Location: the Pacific


Kathol Rift

Population2.698 billion

CapitalThe Citadel
LeaderKayla Verdika


The Battle-Torn Country of Kathol Rift is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Kayla Verdika with an even hand, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, compulsory military service, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 2.698 billion Kathols are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, although Education, Law & Order, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Citadel. The average income tax rate is 79.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Kathol economy, worth 379 trillion Chits a year, is quite specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 140,692 Chits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Some are born loving old plays and some have old plays thrust upon them, solving crossword puzzles requires fluency in at least five languages, it is illegal for police officers to carry out searches due to strict privacy laws, and the importance of winning Olympic gold medals is indoctrinated from an early age. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Kathol Rift's national animal is the Thunderbird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Kathol Rift is ranked 31,380th in the world and 587th in the Pacific for Rudest Citizens, with 84.84 Insults Per Minute.

Most Armed: 2,364thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,668thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,282ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,845thMost Secular: 6,238thHealthiest Citizens: 6,340thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,860thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,995thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,364thLowest Crime Rates: 7,410thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,574thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,356thTop
Most Influential: 11,418thLargest Governments: 12,539thSmartest Citizens: 12,962ndBest Weather: 13,979thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,019thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,274thHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,420thHighest Average Incomes: 15,716thMost Beautiful Environments: 18,278thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,010thLargest Welfare Programs: 20,135thMost Advanced Public Transport: 21,509thMost Income Equality: 21,581st
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 18th in the regionMost Influential: 34th in the regionMost Armed: 42nd in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 76th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 101st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 140th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 158th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 177th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 188th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 188th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 189th in the regionMost Secular: 212th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 232nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 309th in the regionLargest Governments: 309th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 343rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 351st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 367th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 389th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 407th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 441st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 516th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 519th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 520th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 522nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 523rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 559th in the regionMost Developed: 561st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 563rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 564th in the regionRudest Citizens: 587th in the regionMost Inclusive: 641st in the region

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