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Population755 million



The Communes of Cataluna is a huge, socially progressive nation, notable for its public floggings, ubiquitous missile silos, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 755 million Catalunans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Environment, Welfare, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Barcelona. The average income tax rate is 35.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Catalunan economy, worth 29.8 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 39,425 Euros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

The family summer vacation has become a thing of the past following the introduction of the year-round school year, the children of Cataluna are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence, the Supreme Court vehemently protects civil rights and the right to privacy, and territories have the right to secede if they aren't happy. Crime is totally unknown. Cataluna's national animal is the Leon, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Cataluna is ranked 139,722nd in the world and 432nd in Pacifica for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 57.87 Workforce Participation Rate.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,596thMost Politically Free: 7,836thTop
Best Weather: 16,300thMost Influential: 17,067th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Influential: 13th in the regionMost Politically Free: 14th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 14th in the regionBest Weather: 17th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 29th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 30th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 31st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 35th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 43rd in the regionLargest Populations: 44th in the region

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