Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 109th Largest Manufacturing Sector: 390th Best Weather: 824th
The Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
One People, One Empire, One Leader
Regional Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Empire of Cartiga is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Emperor Gauthier with an iron fist, and remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, compulsory military service, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, cynical, cheerful, devout population of 11.265 billion Cartigans are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Education, and Spirituality are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Levenaux. The average income tax rate is 5.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Cartigan economy, worth a remarkable 1,633 trillion brouzoufs a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 144,997 brouzoufs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Tourists often cite 'hiding money in an off-shore banking account' as their main reason to visit the nation, Levenaux's main city thoroughfare has been blocked by a row of leyland cypresses that mysteriously appeared overnight, young girls and senior citizens alike can be spotted wearing colourful short shorts, and the government is a law unto itself. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Cartiga's national animal is the Griffin, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Esoteric Catholicism.

Cartiga is ranked 12,866th in the world and 147th in Europeia for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 98.11 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 109thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 390thBest Weather: 824thMost Devout: 1,381stTop
5%
Most Corrupt Governments: 3,381stLargest Black Market: 3,517thMost Armed: 3,966thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,197thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,808thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,081stHighest Economic Output: 5,366thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,507thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,008thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6,013thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,289thHealthiest Citizens: 7,454thTop
10%
Largest Populations: 9,193rdLongest Average Lifespans: 9,227thHighest Average Incomes: 11,280thMost Efficient Economies: 12,866thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,099thMost Ignorant Citizens: 15,158th
Top
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 6th in the regionMost Devout: 8th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 22nd in the regionMost Armed: 26th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 28th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 38th in the regionLargest Populations: 42nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 51st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 54th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 54th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 64th in the regionTop
10%
Most Scientifically Advanced: 66th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 68th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 79th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 81st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 84th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 113th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 124th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Cartiga was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Cartiga, the government is a law unto itself.
  • : Following new legislation in Cartiga, young girls and senior citizens alike can be spotted wearing colourful short shorts.
  • : Following new legislation in Cartiga, Levenaux's main city thoroughfare has been blocked by a row of leyland cypresses that mysteriously appeared overnight.
  • : Following new legislation in Cartiga, tourists often cite 'hiding money in an off-shore banking account' as their main reason to visit the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Cartiga, bombs are permitted on planes for the 'security of the passengers'.
  • : Following new legislation in Cartiga, police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom.
  • : Following new legislation in Cartiga, long-wed spouses often regret proposals they made when they were twenty.
  • : Cartiga's influence in Europeia rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Following new legislation in Cartiga, the National Art Gallery's newest exhibit is the 500-year old Luna Lisa.

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