by Max Barry

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 872nd Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 891st Highest Wealthy Incomes: 943rd
The Royal City-State of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Esto perpetua
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population8.445 billion

LeaderJuliana I


The Royal City-State of Carmini is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Juliana I with an iron fist, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, ritual sacrifices, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 8.445 billion Carminians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Amaranth. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Carminian economy, worth a remarkable 1,663 trillion carins a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Soda Sales, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 196,964 carins, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,169,551 per year while the poor average 15,243, a ratio of 76.7 to 1.

Celebrity foodies are biting a huge chunk out of the government budget, one of the most popular models in Carmini has a scarred face and one working eye, 'A is for Annulment' is a popular children's song, and tampons are used as cheap fishing bobbers. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Carmini's national animal is the flamingo, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Carmini is ranked 9,402nd in the world and 400th in Lazarus for Most Pro-Market, scoring 85.44 on the Rand Index.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 872ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 891stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 943rdHighest Crime Rates: 1,116thMost Avoided: 1,222ndFattest Citizens: 1,403rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,430thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,608thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,685thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 1,710thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,740thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,201stLargest Retail Industry: 2,225thMost Armed: 2,453rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,972ndLargest Gambling Industry: 3,339thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,465thMost Efficient Economies: 4,961stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,294thRudest Citizens: 5,521stHighest Average Incomes: 5,990thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,579thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,454thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,603rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,735thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,779thHighest Economic Output: 7,852ndTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 9,002ndMost Pro-Market: 9,402ndLargest Mining Sector: 10,736thMost Cultured: 12,958thNudest: 14,508thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,575th
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 38th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 52nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 52nd in the regionMost Avoided: 67th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 70th in the regionTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 83rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 83rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 91st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 96th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 97th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 104th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 115th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 139th in the regionMost Armed: 143rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 172nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 196th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 249th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 270th in the regionRudest Citizens: 281st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 282nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 305th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 315th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 340th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 383rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 400th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 428th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 429th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 432nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 497th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 639th in the regionNudest: 649th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Carmini's influence in Lazarus rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Carmini was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector.
  • : Carmini was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector and the Top 5% for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Carmini was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Carmini's influence in Lazarus rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Carmini's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Carmini was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Carmini's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Following new legislation in Carmini, tampons are used as cheap fishing bobbers.
  • : Following new legislation in Carmini, 'A is for Annulment' is a popular children's song.


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