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Casstopia ii

Population1.648 billion

CapitalStaten Island


The Republic of Casstopia ii is a massive, safe nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The devout population of 1.648 billion Casstopia iians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Staten Island. The average income tax rate is 61.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Casstopia iian economy, worth 32.0 trillion kronor 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 Beef-Based Agriculture, Furniture Restoration, Arms Manufacturing, and Automobile Manufacturing. 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 19,442 kronor, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Leader has just been declared ruler of Casstopia ii in an international press conference, firebombing politicians' offices has become a common way of expressing dissatisfaction, a major religion has been named as Casstopia ii's national religion, and criminals rejoice in the streets as the entire police force is sent away on a training retreat. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Casstopia ii's national animal is the giraffe, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Casstopia ii is ranked 84,732nd in the world and 1st in URCR for Lowest Crime Rates, with 64.04 Law-abiding Acts Per Hour.

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