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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 972ndMost Influential: 2,828thMost Pacifist: 7,417th
The Social Kingdom of
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Nature Guardians and Holders to the Archives
Influence
Shoeshiner
Minister of Radio
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Very Good

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The Cascadian Bioregion

Population852 million

CapitalNew Vancouver
LeaderVictoria Holmes

CurrencyCascadian Dollar
AnimalBarn Owl

The Social Kingdom of The Cascadian Bioregion is a huge, genial nation, ruled by Victoria Holmes with an even hand, and notable for its otherworldly petting zoo, state-planned economy, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate population of 852 million Cascadians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Vancouver. The average income tax rate is 69.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Cascadian economy, worth 71.5 trillion Cascadian Dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Trout Farming industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 83,890 Cascadian Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A determined opposition debates the relative benefits of Arial and Times New Roman for days on end, high school boys are required to pass vigorous self-mastery and sensitivity training to graduate, museums have more touchscreens on display than artifacts, and religious bigotry and a fear of outsiders have replaced religious studies in schools. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Cascadian Bioregion's national animal is the Barn Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

The Cascadian Bioregion is ranked 198,364th in the world and 7,915th in The North Pacific for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring -5.2 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 972ndTop
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Most Influential: 2,828thMost Pacifist: 7,417thSafest: 8,846thMost Secular: 10,661stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11,161stTop
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Nicest Citizens: 13,135thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,517thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,626thHealthiest Citizens: 13,752ndBest Weather: 14,205thMost Cheerful Citizens: 14,902ndLongest Average Lifespans: 16,158thMost Inclusive: 16,590thLowest Crime Rates: 17,117thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,663rdMost Advanced Public Education: 19,548thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21,177thMost Developed: 22,632ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 22,712th
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 53rd in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 435th in the regionTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 474th in the regionSafest: 510th in the regionMost Secular: 533rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 624th in the regionNicest Citizens: 736th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 755th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 761st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 777th in the regionBest Weather: 821st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 893rd in the regionMost Influential: 910th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 928th in the region

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