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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 982nd Largest Gambling Industry: 1,220th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,266th
The Corporations Republic of
Corporate Bordello
Our land is Paradise™
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population5.987 billion



The Corporations Republic of Cartalma is a colossal, socially progressive nation, renowned for its frequent executions, otherworldly petting zoo, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 5.987 billion Cartalmen are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Education, with Industry and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Environment and Defense aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sfax. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Cartalman economy, worth a remarkable 1,007 trillion Dogecoins 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, Gambling, and Soda Sales. Average income is an impressive 168,353 Dogecoins, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,014,671 per year while the poor average 12,563, a ratio of 80.8 to 1.

An increasing percentage of the population's youth have homosexual parents, it is rumoured that Leader uses a magic 8-ball to make policy decisions, the population's jaw muscles put sharks to shame, and the nation is cleaning up after a national night of celebration left most people with headaches and dim memories (Cartalma has found 4 easter eggs). Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Cartalma's national animal is the horse, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Secular.

Cartalma is ranked 9,270th in the world and 212th in the Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring 86 on the Rand Index.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 982ndLargest Gambling Industry: 1,220thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,266thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,277thHighest Crime Rates: 1,434thRudest Citizens: 1,540thTop
Most Avoided: 1,759thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,770thLargest Retail Industry: 1,852ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,940thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,410thMost Armed: 2,539thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,149thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,218thFattest Citizens: 3,722ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,429thLargest Mining Sector: 5,736thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,440thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,601stMost Corrupt Governments: 8,001stTop
Most Pro-Market: 9,270thHighest Average Incomes: 9,304thMost Secular: 9,728thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,499thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 12,409thHighest Economic Output: 14,552ndSmartest Citizens: 14,612thMost Efficient Economies: 14,630thLargest Publishing Industry: 14,884thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,965th
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 17th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 19th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 20th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 26th in the regionMost Avoided: 30th in the regionRudest Citizens: 34th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 36th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 37th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 37th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 38th in the regionMost Armed: 46th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 50th in the regionFattest Citizens: 64th in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 87th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 93rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 108th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 154th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 161st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 181st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 206th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 212th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 212th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 283rd in the regionMost Secular: 332nd in the regionLargest Populations: 333rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 342nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 344th in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 355th in the regionLargest Black Market: 416th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 424th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 577th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 589th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 606th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 678th in the region

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