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The Republic of The cat and mouse game

“Heh”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Reasonable
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Balder

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The cat and mouse game

Population1.825 billion

Currencybaht
Animalcow

The Republic of The cat and mouse game is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, otherworldly petting zoo, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 1.825 billion cat and mouse gameans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Environment, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 51.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient cat and mouse gamean economy, worth 65.1 trillion baht a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Woodchip Exports, Cheese Exports, Arms Manufacturing, and Soda Sales. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 35,657 baht, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Wigged-out hunters report playing croquet with the Queen of Hearts, alien kidnappings of both cattle and humans are headline news on the most respected papers (The cat and mouse game has found 1 easter egg), citizens are strongly encouraged to breathe less so as to limit the carbon footprint, and shouting contests are an important part of government job interviews. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The cat and mouse game's national animal is the cow, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The cat and mouse game is ranked 39,028th in the world and 1,977th in Balder for Largest Black Market, with 4.46 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 171stTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 22,274th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionTop
10%
Most Income Equality: 730th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 770th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The cat and mouse game, shouting contests are an important part of government job interviews.
  • : Following new legislation in The cat and mouse game, citizens are strongly encouraged to breathe less so as to limit the carbon footprint.
  • : Following new legislation in The cat and mouse game, alien kidnappings of both cattle and humans are headline news on the most respected papers (The cat and mouse game has found 1 easter egg).
  • : Following new legislation in The cat and mouse game, wigged-out hunters report playing croquet with the Queen of Hearts.
  • : Following new legislation in The cat and mouse game, education and welfare spending are on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in The cat and mouse game, weather reports simply advise cat and mouse gameans to 'look outside'.
  • : Following new legislation in The cat and mouse game, all guns must be registered.
  • : Following new legislation in The cat and mouse game, the government funds private schools for intellectually gifted children.
  • : Following new legislation in The cat and mouse game, it is mandatory to learn evolution in schools.
  • : The cat and mouse game's influence in Balder rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".

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