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The United Socialist States of Kholdan

“Unity, Justice and Wealth”

Category: Left-Leaning College State
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the South Pacific



Population17.868 billion

CapitalKholdan City
LeaderZghuk Whitescull
FaithGallifreyan mysticism


The United Socialist States of Kholdan is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Zghuk Whitescull with a fair hand, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and anti-smoking policies. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 17.868 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 Welfare, Defense, and Industry also on the agenda, while Administration receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kholdan City. The average income tax rate is 95.8%.

The thriving Kholdanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,597 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. Average income is 89,429 Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

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 7,770th in the world and 197th in the South Pacific for Largest Governments, scoring 35.21 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 258thLargest Welfare Programs: 714thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 881stMost Influential: 1,067thSafest: 1,676thBest Weather: 1,922ndMost Subsidized Industry: 2,052ndMost Rebellious Youth: 2,205thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 2,421stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,488thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,065thLowest Crime Rates: 5,416thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,497thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,049thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,920thMost Stationary: 7,497thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,706thLargest Governments: 7,770thHealthiest Citizens: 8,500thLargest Populations: 8,650thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,229thMost Pacifist: 9,229thHighest Economic Output: 10,066thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,084thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 11,727thSmartest Citizens: 12,028thMost Cultured: 15,746thMost Secular: 17,893rdMost Advanced Public Education: 22,367th
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 9th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 22nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 52nd in the regionSafest: 55th in the regionBest Weather: 67th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 71st in the regionLargest Populations: 74th in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 86th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 103rd in the regionMost Influential: 104th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 108th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 109th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 137th in the regionMost Stationary: 157th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 157th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 189th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 194th in the regionLargest Governments: 197th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 213th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 223rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 270th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 320th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 332nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 352nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 361st in the regionNudest: 399th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 423rd in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 472nd in the regionMost Secular: 628th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 702nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 753rd in the regionMost Developed: 835th in the region

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