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Rudest Citizens: 19thHighest Crime Rates: 32ndMost Armed: 34th
The Coadunate Member State of
Anarchy
Make it up as I go.
HappyBard
Influence
Eminence Grise
Region
Civil Rights
Frightening
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excessive

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Ferret Civilization

Population14.344 billion

CapitalHaven
LeaderHappyBard
FaithTheism

CurrencyDation
AnimalLivestock

The Coadunate Member State of Ferret Civilization is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by HappyBard with a fair hand, and remarkable for its unlimited-speed roads, daily referendums, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 14.344 billion Salmagundi live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken individuals juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Public Transport. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Haven. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Salmagundi economy, worth a remarkable 6,333 trillion Dations a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 441,548 Dations, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,089,914 per year while the poor average 21,674, a ratio of 142 to 1.

Jennifer Government is a bestseller, disaster victims are viewed with disdain, Occam's razor has sliced to pieces any childhood belief in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, and saying "don't do anything that HappyBard wouldn't do" doesn't exclude a great deal. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Ferret Civilization's national animal is the Livestock, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Theism.

Ferret Civilization is ranked 79th in the world and 1st in Weyard for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 1,377.91 on the Hayek Index.

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Rudest Citizens: 19thHighest Crime Rates: 32ndMost Armed: 34thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 38thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 48thFattest Citizens: 59thMost Avoided: 69thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 79thLargest Retail Industry: 139thLargest Gambling Industry: 158thMost Rebellious Youth: 158thHighest Disposable Incomes: 186thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 207thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 250thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 256thLargest Mining Sector: 346thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 431stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 515thHighest Average Incomes: 637thLargest Insurance Industry: 803rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 828thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 912thMost Scientifically Advanced: 968thHighest Drug Use: 1,052ndMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1,092ndMost Pro-Market: 1,372ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,551stHighest Economic Output: 1,659thMost Secular: 1,683rdMost Corrupt Governments: 1,878thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,363rdTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 3,003rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,201stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,481stLargest Publishing Industry: 4,373rdMost Efficient Economies: 4,708thSmartest Citizens: 4,908thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,652ndNudest: 9,476thTop
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Largest Black Market: 14,707thLargest Populations: 20,862ndMost Extreme: 21,248thMost Politically Free: 23,787th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ferret Civilization, saying "don't do anything that HappyBard wouldn't do" doesn't exclude a great deal.
  • : Following new legislation in Ferret Civilization, Occam's razor has sliced to pieces any childhood belief in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
  • : Following new legislation in Ferret Civilization, disaster victims are viewed with disdain.
  • : Following new legislation in Ferret Civilization, Jennifer Government is a bestseller.
  • : Following new legislation in Ferret Civilization, oil rigs in winter are heated by contained oil slick fires.
  • : Following new legislation in Ferret Civilization, citizens are deeply regretting challenging the government to be honest about its intentions.
  • : Following new legislation in Ferret Civilization, half of the nation's import/export industry is run from a location known only as 'Dead Man's Cove'.
  • : Following new legislation in Ferret Civilization, "Day of the Rope" is the top song of the summer.
  • : Following new legislation in Ferret Civilization, drivers regularly pull over for nonexistent police cars.
  • : Following new legislation in Ferret Civilization, animal liberationists receive government funding to break into animal research labs.

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