The Commonwealth of Catestan is a huge, genial nation, notable for its national health service. The compassionate, intelligent population of 336 million Cates are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.
It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, liberal government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Social Welfare. The average income tax rate is 50%, and even higher for the wealthy. The private sector is almost wholly made up of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out.
A new generation of aquariumless hotels are being built under government supervision, truth is often impossible to tell from fiction on the evening news, motorists must pay to enter inner-cities during peak hours, and discarded pennies litter the streets. Crime is totally unknown. Catestan's national animal is the Cate, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its currency is the Cate Sterling.
The Dominion of Alantown is a huge, economically powerful nation, renowned for its complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 384 million Dogeians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.
The small, corrupt, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Commerce, Defence, and Law & Order. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7%. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Gambling, Retail, and Automobile Manufacturing industries.
Immigrant herding has become a national pastime, Alantown is notorious for its citizens' infidelity, torture is commonly used to extract information from suspected criminals, and funding for education has been redirected into the military. Crime is moderate. Alantown's national animal is the Doge, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its currency is the Dogecoin.