by Max Barry

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 13,785thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,287thMost Conservative: 23,840th
The Protectorate of
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Card Gardens

Population4.581 billion


The Protectorate of Card Gardens is a massive, orderly nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, frequent executions, and avowedly heterosexual populace. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 4.581 billion Gardeners 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 medium-sized, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. The average income tax rate is 23.3%.

The powerhouse Gardener economy, worth 362 trillion Cards a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 79,154 Cards, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.5 times as much as the poorest.

Leader's new office has a propensity to catch on fire, many Gardeners struggle to find outlets for their pent-up competitive juices, the price of freedom is about half a million Cards, and people wouldn't be seen dead without their guns. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Card Gardens's national animal is the Card, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Card Gardens is ranked 178,732nd in the world and 7th in Card Gardens for Most Beautiful Environments, with 479.35 pounds of wildlife per square mile.

Largest Cheese Export Sector: 13,785thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,287thMost Conservative: 23,840thHealthiest Citizens: 23,878thLargest Agricultural Sector: 26,320th
Most Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the region

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