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Castene

Population10.422 billion

CapitalNycona
LeaderQueen Maria Isabelle

CurrencyKorune
AnimalHammerhead shark

The Kingdom of Castene is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Queen Maria Isabelle with an even hand, and remarkable for its lack of airports, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cheerful population of 10.422 billion Castenians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nycona. The average income tax rate is 98.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Castenian economy, worth a remarkable 1,634 trillion Korunes a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 156,824 Korunes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

10-year-olds who struggle with integrating by parts are considered slow learners, the Castenian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas, the sanitised and dull music festivals of Castene are famed for their reasonable volume levels, and every workday begins with group therapy. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Castene's national animal is the Hammerhead shark, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Castene is ranked 158,599th in the world and 6,287th in The East Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring 20.33 on the Rand Index.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 327thMost Pacifist: 620thMost Compassionate Citizens: 714thMost Advanced Public Transport: 720thNicest Citizens: 794thMost Developed: 815thSafest: 876thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 957thBest Weather: 960thLongest Average Lifespans: 963rdMost Inclusive: 964thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 999thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,020thHealthiest Citizens: 1,061stMost Advanced Public Education: 1,124thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,202ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,412thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,460thLowest Crime Rates: 1,555thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,707thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,004thTop
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Largest Governments: 2,304thSmartest Citizens: 3,451stMost Cultured: 4,275thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,996thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,181stLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,380thMost Stationary: 7,754thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,455thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,463rdHighest Economic Output: 9,487thMost Secular: 9,789thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 11,162ndHighest Average Incomes: 11,994thMost Influential: 14,523rdMost Efficient Economies: 14,912th
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Largest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 9th in the regionMost Pacifist: 17th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Developed: 19th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20th in the regionNicest Citizens: 21st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 21st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 22nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 25th in the regionSafest: 27th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 27th in the regionBest Weather: 29th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 30th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 31st in the regionMost Inclusive: 34th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 36th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 39th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 43rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 47th in the regionLargest Governments: 59th in the regionTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 88th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 93rd in the regionMost Cultured: 107th in the regionMost Stationary: 118th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 141st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 151st in the regionLargest Populations: 193rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 201st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 242nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 248th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 300th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 309th in the regionMost Secular: 349th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 397th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 725th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Castene, every workday begins with group therapy.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, the sanitised and dull music festivals of Castene are famed for their reasonable volume levels.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, the Castenian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, 10-year-olds who struggle with integrating by parts are considered slow learners.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, Queen Maria Isabelle's Twitcher account is typically used to share Hammerhead shark memes rather than government policy.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, populations of two-headed Hammerhead sharks have been found around recently-uncovered archaeological sites.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, teachers are skilled at leaving no evidence of child cruelty.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, the Ministry of Health has reported a sharp increase in the incidence of delayed menopause.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, where there's a will there is usually a password manager.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, people who tease dwarfs are being cut down to size.

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