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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 61st Largest Manufacturing Sector: 229th Best Weather: 555th
The Empire of
Authoritarian Democracy
One People, One Empire, One Leader
Regional Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Some

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The Empire of Cartiga is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Gauthier with an even hand, and notable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and zero percent divorce rate. The hard-nosed, devout population of 13.602 billion Cartigans are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The medium-sized, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Education, and Environment are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Levenaux. The average income tax rate is 42.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Cartigan economy, worth a remarkable 2,105 trillion brouzoufs 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, highly specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing. 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 154,827 brouzoufs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's new religious police burn blasphemers on bonfires of their own books, politicians are often seen with soldiers pointing guns at their heads, people regularly disappear off the streets and all evidence of them is destroyed, and the nation is ravaged by daily union strikes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cartiga's national animal is the Griffin, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Esoteric Catholicism.

Cartiga is ranked 67,122nd in the world and 407th in Europeia for Most Extreme, scoring 18.96 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 61stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 229thBest Weather: 555thMost Devout: 818thLargest Black Market: 1,170thTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 2,389thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,784thMost Armed: 3,364thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,561stMost Ignorant Citizens: 4,065thHighest Economic Output: 4,074thHealthiest Citizens: 4,129thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,169thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,587thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,998thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,477thMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,960thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,312thTop
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Largest Populations: 7,698thHighest Average Incomes: 10,210thLowest Crime Rates: 13,465thMost Efficient Economies: 13,883rdMost Developed: 14,407th
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 7th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 12th in the regionMost Armed: 22nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 24th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 28th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 32nd in the regionLargest Populations: 37th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 37th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 61st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 63rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 76th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 80th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 85th in the regionRudest Citizens: 95th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 99th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 100th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 107th in the regionMost Conservative: 115th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 118th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Cartiga, the nation is ravaged by daily union strikes.
  • : Following new legislation in Cartiga, people regularly disappear off the streets and all evidence of them is destroyed.
  • : Following new legislation in Cartiga, politicians are often seen with soldiers pointing guns at their heads.
  • : Cartiga was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Cartiga was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement and Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Cartiga, the nation's new religious police burn blasphemers on bonfires of their own books.
  • : Cartiga was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Authoritarian Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Cartiga, cars are banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Cartiga, attempted suicide is punishable by public hanging.
  • : Cartiga was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Rudest Citizens.

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