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Population2.657 billion

LeaderNational Mayor

Animalstriped Jaguar

The Democratic-Monarchist Union of Catlin is a massive, genial nation, ruled by National Mayor with a fair hand, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, daily referendums, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.657 billion Catliners hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Klad-Van. The average income tax rate is 79.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Catlinian economy, worth 282 trillion cats a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is an impressive 106,470 cats, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Wilderness-dwelling hermits are surprised to find railway stations on their front doorsteps, excited shovel-bearing geeks wander the countryside, it is illegal for police officers to carry out searches due to strict privacy laws, and the standardised national curriculum requires that all-male classes be taught why they have periods. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Catlin's national animal is the striped Jaguar, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Catlin is ranked 10,847th in the world and 32nd in Thaecia for Most Developed, scoring 89.23 on the Human Development Index.

Most Influential: 3,505thBest Weather: 4,419thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,859thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,094thNicest Citizens: 5,268thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,496thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,603rdMost Inclusive: 5,956thMost Pacifist: 6,374thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,597thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,027thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,285thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,559thMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,186thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,550thHealthiest Citizens: 8,757thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,081stLongest Average Lifespans: 9,307thTop
Most Developed: 10,847thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,917thSafest: 11,949thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,999thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,242ndMost Cultured: 14,649thSmartest Citizens: 15,577thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,714thLargest Governments: 17,259thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,305thMost Secular: 19,286thMost Efficient Economies: 19,544th
Most Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionBest Weather: 13th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14th in the regionMost Inclusive: 16th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16th in the regionMost Stationary: 16th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 17th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 17th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 18th in the regionNicest Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Pacifist: 19th in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Influential: 23rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 24th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 26th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 26th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 29th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 30th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 31st in the regionMost Developed: 32nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 32nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 32nd in the regionSafest: 35th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 36th in the region

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