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The Social Kingdom of The Cascadian Bioregion

“Nature Guardians and Holders to the Archives”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific


The Cascadian Bioregion

Population877 million

CapitalNew Vancouver
LeaderVictoria Holmes

CurrencyCascadian Dollar
AnimalBarn Owl

The Social Kingdom of The Cascadian Bioregion is a huge, efficient nation, ruled by Victoria Holmes with an even hand, and renowned for its frequent executions, irreverence towards religion, and suspicion of poets. The compassionate population of 877 million Cascadians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Vancouver. The average income tax rate is 69.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Cascadian economy, worth 73.6 trillion Cascadian Dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Trout Farming industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 83,890 Cascadian Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A determined opposition debates the relative benefits of Arial and Times New Roman for days on end, high school boys are required to pass vigorous self-mastery and sensitivity training to graduate, museums have more touchscreens on display than artifacts, and religious bigotry and a fear of outsiders have replaced religious studies in schools. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Cascadian Bioregion's national animal is the Barn Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

The Cascadian Bioregion is ranked 10,631st in the world and 535th in The North Pacific for Most Secular, with 93.17 Atheism Rate.

Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 981stTop
Most Influential: 2,902ndMost Pacifist: 7,419thSafest: 8,836thMost Secular: 10,631stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11,066thTop
Nicest Citizens: 13,135thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,561stMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,612thHealthiest Citizens: 13,748thBest Weather: 14,226thMost Cheerful Citizens: 14,876thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,150thMost Inclusive: 16,594thLowest Crime Rates: 17,119thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,618thMost Advanced Public Education: 19,528thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21,099thMost Developed: 22,590thMost Valuable International Artwork: 22,613th
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 53rd in the regionTop
Most Pacifist: 430th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 464th in the regionTop
Safest: 505th in the regionMost Secular: 535th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 620th in the regionNicest Citizens: 736th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 745th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 763rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 778th in the regionBest Weather: 816th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 885th in the regionMost Influential: 914th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 923rd in the region

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