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Most Ignorant Citizens: 1,005thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,777thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,333rd
The Republic of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Might Makes Right
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Cardvarks 1

Population1.571 billion

Currencydenier
Animalpenguin

The Republic of Cardvarks 1 is a massive, orderly nation, renowned for its anti-smoking policies, state-planned economy, and national health service. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.571 billion Cardvarks 1ians 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 enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Administration, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 82.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Cardvarks 1ian economy, worth 229 trillion deniers 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched black market in Retail, Uranium Mining, Furniture Restoration, and Soda Sales. 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 146,207 deniers, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Aggressive promotion of global warming puts polar bears on thin ice, students are wary of colorfully decorated new teachers with names like Professor Pipsqueak, 1% of global paper production is bound for the National Archive, and beat cops aren't named for the territory they patrol. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cardvarks 1's national animal is the penguin, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Cardvarks 1 is ranked 124,447th in the world and 352nd in Forest for Largest Populations, with 1.57 billion Capita.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 1,005thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,777thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,333rdTop
5%
Largest Mining Sector: 2,398thMost Primitive: 2,541stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,972ndLargest Retail Industry: 4,020thNudest: 4,451stMost Avoided: 4,779thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,865thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,690thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,697thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,589thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,962ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7,427thLargest Black Market: 7,685thMost Efficient Economies: 9,925thMost Devout: 10,206thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,302ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,322ndTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 13,978thHighest Average Incomes: 15,084thLargest Governments: 16,680thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,322ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,358thMost Authoritarian: 23,420th
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Largest Mining Sector: 9th in the regionNudest: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17th in the regionMost Avoided: 17th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 18th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 22nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 22nd in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 24th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 26th in the regionLargest Black Market: 31st in the regionMost Primitive: 33rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 35th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 35th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Cardvarks 1 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Following new legislation in Cardvarks 1, beat cops aren't named for the territory they patrol.
  • : Following new legislation in Cardvarks 1, 1% of global paper production is bound for the National Archive.
  • : Following new legislation in Cardvarks 1, students are wary of colorfully decorated new teachers with names like Professor Pipsqueak.
  • : Following new legislation in Cardvarks 1, aggressive promotion of global warming puts polar bears on thin ice.
  • : Following new legislation in Cardvarks 1, homosexuality is a crime punishable by death.
  • : Cardvarks 1 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Devout.
  • : Following new legislation in Cardvarks 1, it turns out that you actually can put a price on intangible cultural heritage.
  • : Following new legislation in Cardvarks 1, Cardvarks 1ians have been enjoying a recent boost in civil rights as the government continues to clamp down on emigration.
  • : Following new legislation in Cardvarks 1, politicians that report exaggerated crowd sizes for their speeches are dismissed for being delusional.

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