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The United Socialist States of Kholdan

“Unity, Justice and Wealth”

Category: Left-Leaning College State
Civil Rights:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the South Pacific



Population15.768 billion

CapitalKholdan City
LeaderZghuk Whitescull
FaithGallifreyan mysticism


The United Socialist States of Kholdan is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Zghuk Whitescull with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 15.768 billion Kholdanians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt government stops and the rest of society begins, but it prioritizes Law & Order, with Defense, Welfare, and Industry also on the agenda, while Administration is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kholdan City. The average income tax rate is 95.5%.

The very strong Kholdanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,331 trillion Marks a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Information Technology industry. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 84,473 Marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Funerals are often rudely interrupted by juggling clowns shouting for volunteers from the audience, the nation faces constant invasions by foreign boy bands, for the sake of 'public interest' news programs tell viewers how to home-make Sarin gas bombs, and scientists are researching the best way to kill off humanity to prevent catastrophic war. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Kholdan's national animal is the Osprey, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Gallifreyan mysticism.

Kholdan is ranked 26,570th in the world and 1,034th in the South Pacific for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 75 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 212thLargest Welfare Programs: 790thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 792ndMost Influential: 1,163rdMost Subsidized Industry: 1,644thTop
Safest: 1,743rdBest Weather: 2,088thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,157thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,621stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,749thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,151stLongest Average Lifespans: 4,921stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,452ndLowest Crime Rates: 5,505thMost Pacifist: 5,881stMost Corrupt Governments: 7,181stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,266thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,837thLargest Governments: 7,944thTop
Most Stationary: 8,441stHealthiest Citizens: 8,540thLargest Populations: 8,908thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,232ndHighest Economic Output: 10,385thNudest: 12,071stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,367thSmartest Citizens: 12,491stMost Secular: 15,442ndMost Cultured: 16,631st
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 21st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 37th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 46th in the regionSafest: 58th in the regionBest Weather: 65th in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 75th in the regionLargest Populations: 76th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 94th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 96th in the regionMost Influential: 97th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 112th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 119th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 147th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 152nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 153rd in the regionMost Stationary: 170th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 176th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 178th in the regionLargest Governments: 186th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 203rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 217th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 255th in the regionNudest: 284th in the regionTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 348th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 363rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 373rd in the regionMost Cultured: 474th in the regionMost Secular: 526th in the regionMost Developed: 677th in the region

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