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Most Secular: 4,710thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,243rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9,506th
The Republic of
Corrupt Dictatorship
From Many Comes One
Influence
Vassal
Region
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Cardenao

Population4.603 billion

CapitalNew Cardonia
LeaderPresident Mihaly Otamendi

CurrencyMark
AnimalSquirrel

The Republic of Cardenao is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by President Mihaly Otamendi with an iron fist, and notable for its state-planned economy, pith helmet sales, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 4.603 billion Cardenaoans are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The medium-sized, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Law & Order, and Administration also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Cardonia. The average income tax rate is 71.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Cardenaoan economy, worth 691 trillion Marks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, Information Technology, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 150,257 Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A death threat has replaced 'hello' as an official greeting in the nation, the navy is chrome-plating its battleships to prevent rust, the might of the entire Cardenaoan Navy is focused on fifty bemused spear-throwing islanders, and veterans in wheelchairs are left waist-deep in rice paddies to gather grain. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cardenao's national animal is the Squirrel, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Cardenao is ranked 28,702nd in the world and 12th in Anaia for Largest Governments, scoring 26.66 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

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Most Secular: 4,710thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,243rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9,506thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,281stHighest Poor Incomes: 10,579thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,607thTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 15,389thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,001stMost Corrupt Governments: 18,285thLargest Black Market: 19,160thMost Patriotic: 20,214thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22,232ndHighest Average Incomes: 22,560thLongest Average Lifespans: 24,523rdHighest Food Quality: 25,138thMost Developed: 25,738thLargest Retail Industry: 26,820thMost Cultured: 27,001stLargest Governments: 28,702ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 29,122nd
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Most Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 4th in the regionMost Patriotic: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Cardenao was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Trout Fishing Sector.
  • : Cardenao's influence in Anaia rose from "Apprentice" to "Vassal".
  • : Following new legislation in Cardenao, veterans in wheelchairs are left waist-deep in rice paddies to gather grain.
  • : Following new legislation in Cardenao, the might of the entire Cardenaoan Navy is focused on fifty bemused spear-throwing islanders.
  • : Cardenao was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes and the Top 10% for Most Patriotic, Most Developed, Highest Average Incomes, and Largest Black Market.
  • : Following new legislation in Cardenao, the navy is chrome-plating its battleships to prevent rust.
  • : Following new legislation in Cardenao, a death threat has replaced 'hello' as an official greeting in the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Cardenao, holiday light displays just aren't the same without seizure-inducing strobe effects.
  • : Cardenao was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Cardenao was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.

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