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Most Valuable International Artwork: 97thLeast Corrupt Governments: 668thMost Devout: 893rd
The Catholic Commonwealth of
New York Times Democracy Corporate-Dominated Sham Democracy
Amor sequitur cognitionem.
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Negotiator
Guardian
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Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excessive

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Auralia

Population17.782 billion

CapitalSaint Mark's
LeaderPope Francis
FaithRoman Catholicism

Currencydollar
Animalred-tailed hawk

The Catholic Commonwealth of Auralia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Pope Francis with a fair hand, and remarkable for its otherworldly petting zoo, keen interest in outer space, and triple-decker prams. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 17.782 billion Auralians 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, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Education, although Defense, Administration, and Industry are also considered important, while Social Policy and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Saint Mark's. The average income tax rate is 1.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Auralian economy, worth a remarkable 3,550 trillion dollars a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 199,683 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

The government sends submarines to retrieve bodies from shipwrecked submarines, a bureaucratic fight over AIA cafeteria food expenditures has caused the temporary suspension of all agency counterintelligence operations, students do more community service than homework, and mechanics are often exhausted by their work. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Auralia's national animal is the red-tailed hawk, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Auralia is ranked 199,342nd in the world and 98th in Catholic for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -8.93 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 97thLeast Corrupt Governments: 668thMost Devout: 893rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,324thSafest: 1,438thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,510thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,611thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,793rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,833rdTop
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Most Influential: 2,885thHighest Economic Output: 3,169thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,848thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,887thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,378thMost Cultured: 4,919thSmartest Citizens: 4,991stMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,500thNicest Citizens: 5,796thHighest Average Incomes: 6,325thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,423rdMost Developed: 7,299thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,274thLargest Populations: 8,293rdMost Efficient Economies: 8,817thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,203rdHealthiest Citizens: 10,202ndTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 10,506thMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,575thLowest Crime Rates: 11,537thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,866thBest Weather: 12,078thMost Politically Free: 13,774thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,251stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 19,720th
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Least Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 7th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionMost Cultured: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionMost Devout: 10th in the region

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