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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,459thMost Secular: 2,350thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,321st
The United Socialist States of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Unless youíre a superpower or Jodilee I donít care.
Civil Rights
Very Strong
Political Freedom

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Population202 million


The United Socialist States of Cartero is a huge, orderly nation, renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, prohibition of alcohol, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 202 million Carterons 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, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. The average income tax rate is 36.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Carterite economy, worth 18.0 trillion Sazzes 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 slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Information Technology. 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 89,108 Sazzes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Literally voiceless people are unable to protest when food and water are denied to them, all major public areas are watched by police surveillance cameras, the government considers it a sacred duty to video bikini-clad beach swimmers, and government bureaucrats shut down teenage yard-raking businesses for being counter-revolutionary. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cartero's national animal is the Nautilus, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Cartero is ranked 23,577th in the world and 1,141st in The North Pacific for Healthiest Citizens, with 8.22 Bananas Ingested Per Day.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,459thTop
Most Secular: 2,350thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,321stMost Influential: 5,318thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,598thMost Conservative: 7,633rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 11,044thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 14,379thMost Authoritarian: 14,823rdSafest: 18,620thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,657thHighest Poor Incomes: 21,616th
Most Secular: 115th in the regionTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 141st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 274th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 483rd in the regionMost Conservative: 570th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 742nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 929th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 986th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,001st in the regionSafest: 1,049th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1,058th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,088th in the regionMost Influential: 1,123rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1,141st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1,216th in the region

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