by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,520th Most Politically Free: 7,840th Most Influential: 14,109th
The Communes of
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Population785 million



The Communes of Cataluna is a huge, genial nation, ruled by Outis with a fair hand, and renowned for its smutty television, public floggings, and ubiquitous missile silos. The compassionate, democratic population of 785 million Catalunans love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Barcelona. The average income tax rate is 36.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Catalunan economy, worth 29.0 trillion Euros a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming, Automobile Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 36,881 Euros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Grade school teachers mark homework with red "CITATION NEEDED" stamps, people can't decide between preserving forests and buying print copies of 'Dogman Versus The Giggler', the consent form for routine blood pressure measurement has been nominated for the 'Novel Of The Year' award, and Outis has just been declared ruler of Cataluna in an international press conference. Crime is totally unknown. Cataluna's national animal is the Leon, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Cataluna is ranked 29,964th in the world and 85th in Pacifica for Highest Drug Use, scoring 93.4 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,520thMost Politically Free: 7,840thTop
Most Influential: 14,109thBest Weather: 15,842nd
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Influential: 9th in the regionMost Politically Free: 15th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 15th in the regionBest Weather: 17th in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 29th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 31st in the regionLargest Black Market: 32nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 34th in the regionLargest Populations: 46th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 47th in the region

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