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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: Vassal

Location: CISB

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Pascala

Population8.138 billion

LeaderGovernor-General Hyatt Ramos
FaithMaguzawa

CurrencyDirham
AnimalLizard

The Protectorate of Pascala is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Governor-General Hyatt Ramos with a fair hand, and notable for its public floggings, rampant corporate plagiarism, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 8.138 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 948 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 197,308th in the world and 48th in CISB for Safest, scoring 9.46 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 602ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,650thTop
5%
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,190thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,394thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,469thRudest Citizens: 4,367thLargest Retail Industry: 4,809thHighest Crime Rates: 5,171stHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,172ndLargest Gambling Industry: 6,427thMost Avoided: 8,663rdTop
10%
Most Stationary: 12,245thLargest Black Market: 15,648thMost Devout: 16,745thHighest Economic Output: 17,747thMost Influential: 18,074th
Top
5%
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionTop
10%
Most Stationary: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 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.
  • : Pascala updated the World Factbook entry in CISB.
  • : Pascala updated the World Factbook entry in CISB.
  • : Pascala proposed constructing embassies between CISB and Minera.

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