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Most Armed: 3,324thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,616thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,861st
The Jingoistic States of
Corrupt Dictatorship Well-Meaning Dictatorship
We Will Endure. By force, If need Be.
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Cathen Pact

Population1.387 billion

CapitalRoyernor
LeaderAsherren Cairn

CurrencyCredit
AnimalWhite Tiger

The Jingoistic States of The Cathen Pact is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Asherren Cairn with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, enslaved workforce, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.387 billion Pactiates are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Royernor. The average income tax rate is 91.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Pactian economy, worth 209 trillion Credits 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 large, well-organized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Tourism. 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 an impressive 151,047 Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.7 times as much as the poorest.

Genetic screening weeds out citizens whose legs don't bend easily at the knee, the nation's government buildings are remarkable for being ugly concrete boxes, airplanes have giant grilles on their noses to knock drones out of their path, and carbon-footprint restrictions are making businesses walk. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Cathen Pact's national animal is the White Tiger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Cathen Pact is ranked 191,309th in the world and 368th in Forest for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -7.67 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most Armed: 3,324thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,616thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,861stNudest: 5,406thMost Secular: 5,550thLowest Crime Rates: 7,136thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,243rdMost Developed: 7,311thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,780thMost Cultured: 8,142ndLargest Governments: 8,241stMost Advanced Public Education: 8,307thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,615thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,621stLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,952ndTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 10,476thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,613thSmartest Citizens: 11,046thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,128thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,754thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,921stLongest Average Lifespans: 12,002ndLargest Black Market: 12,556thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,765thHighest Average Incomes: 13,205thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,050thHealthiest Citizens: 14,417thMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,045thMost Inclusive: 17,771stMost Efficient Economies: 17,989thLargest Publishing Industry: 18,426thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19,508th
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Nudest: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16th in the regionMost Armed: 17th in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 24th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 35th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 36th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Cathen Pact, carbon-footprint restrictions are making businesses walk.
  • : The Cathen Pact was reclassified from "Father Knows Best State" to "Corrupt Dictatorship".
  • : Following new legislation in The Cathen Pact, airplanes have giant grilles on their noses to knock drones out of their path.
  • : The Cathen Pact was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cathen Pact, the nation's government buildings are remarkable for being ugly concrete boxes.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cathen Pact, genetic screening weeds out citizens whose legs don't bend easily at the knee.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cathen Pact, the tribal zone has been opened to up to 'economic interest' groups.
  • : The Cathen Pact was reclassified from "Corrupt Dictatorship" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Following new legislation in The Cathen Pact, rumor has it that Asherren Cairn has won three lotteries in a row.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cathen Pact, newborns are being raised as mindless killing machines.

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