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The Protectorate of Pascala

“Life is uncertain, always eat your dessert first.”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: CISB

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Pascala

Population8.642 billion

LeaderGovernor-General Hyatt Ramos
FaithMaguzawa

CurrencyDirham
AnimalLizard

The Protectorate of Pascala is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Governor-General Hyatt Ramos with a fair hand, and renowned for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, rampant corporate plagiarism, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 8.642 billion Pascalans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The minute, corrupt, outspoken government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Education, Public Transport, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 4.5%.

The all-consuming Pascalan economy, worth a remarkable 1,007 trillion Dirhams a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Soda Sales industry, with major contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Gambling. Average income is an impressive 116,588 Dirhams, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.4 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens recently voted in favour of declaring bubblewrap an 'abomination of nature', parents are relieved they no longer need to help with their kids' algebra homework, Thomas the Spank Engine is the most popular and controversial children's show in the nation, and drills and shovels have been banned as the government cracks down on any means of fracking. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Pascala's national animal is the Lizard, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Maguzawa.

Pascala is ranked 33,108th in the world and 21st in CISB for Highest Poor Incomes, with 52,783.69 Standard Monetary Units.

Top
1%
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 597thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,682ndTop
5%
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,136thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,230thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,410thRudest Citizens: 4,701stHighest Crime Rates: 4,951stLargest Retail Industry: 4,969thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,036thLargest Gambling Industry: 6,511thMost Avoided: 9,182ndTop
10%
Most Stationary: 11,861stHighest Economic Output: 16,953rdLargest Black Market: 17,138thMost Devout: 17,763rdMost Influential: 17,837thMost Cultured: 21,250thLargest Information Technology Sector: 22,393rd
Top
5%
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionTop
10%
Most Politically Free: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Pascala was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Pascala was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Pascala's influence in CISB rose from "Vassal" to "Truckler".
  • : Pascala was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Pascala was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Pascala was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes and Most Advanced Public Transport.
  • : Pascala was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Pascala lodged a message on the CISB Regional Message Board.
  • : Pascala was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Pascala was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.

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