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Largest Welfare Programs: 586th Most Advanced Public Transport: 960th Most Pacifist: 1,124th
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Castene

Population8.487 billion

CapitalNycona
LeaderQueen Maria Isabelle

CurrencyKorune
AnimalHammerhead shark

The Kingdom of Castene is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Queen Maria Isabelle with an even hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, national health service, and daily referendums. The compassionate, cheerful population of 8.487 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 98.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Castenian economy, worth a remarkable 1,146 trillion Korunes a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 135,042 Korunes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Confessions don't count if suffixed with "izzle", the government has an entire department dedicated to staring at microscopes and writing down letters, the military maintains a fierce arsenal of 'Cure Missiles', and the government is ignoring the latest terrorist atrocities in Nycona for fear of causing a fuss. 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 1,751st in the world and 42nd in The East Pacific for Healthiest Citizens, with 26.44 Bananas Ingested Per Day.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 586thMost Advanced Public Transport: 960thMost Pacifist: 1,124thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,200thNicest Citizens: 1,334thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,438thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,470thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,471stTop
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Most Inclusive: 1,553rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,631stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,641stHealthiest Citizens: 1,751stBest Weather: 1,899thSafest: 2,160thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,280thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,631stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,704thLowest Crime Rates: 2,808thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,816thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,382ndMost Rebellious Youth: 3,453rdMost Developed: 3,739thLargest Governments: 3,740thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,037thSmartest Citizens: 5,209thMost Cultured: 6,380thMost Income Equality: 7,323rdTop
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Most Stationary: 8,717thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,322ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,597thMost Secular: 10,740thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,736thHighest Economic Output: 12,181stNudest: 13,277thMost Influential: 13,554th
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Largest Welfare Programs: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 25th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 27th in the regionMost Pacifist: 29th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 30th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 30th in the regionNicest Citizens: 34th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 42nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 42nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 43rd in the regionBest Weather: 49th in the regionMost Inclusive: 52nd in the regionSafest: 53rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 55th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 62nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 63rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 72nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 77th in the regionLargest Governments: 78th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 101st in the regionMost Developed: 105th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 129th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 133rd in the regionMost Stationary: 141st in the regionMost Cultured: 159th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 175th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 208th in the regionLargest Populations: 210th in the regionNudest: 242nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 251st in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 294th in the regionMost Income Equality: 304th in the regionMost Secular: 330th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 391st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 453rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Castene was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments and Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, the government is ignoring the latest terrorist atrocities in Nycona for fear of causing a fuss.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, the military maintains a fierce arsenal of 'Cure Missiles'.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, the government has an entire department dedicated to staring at microscopes and writing down letters.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, confessions don't count if suffixed with "izzle".
  • : Castene was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education and the Top 5% for Most Income Equality.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, no personal detail is too tiny for the suede-denim census police.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, Queen Maria Isabelle's peyote-induced "let's all just be friends" speech is trending world-wide.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, therapists dispense hugs for heroin dealers and cuddles for crackheads.
  • : Following new legislation in Castene, local executives are seen on the corner with cardboard signs reading "will oppress the masses for food".

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