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Most Secular: 783rd Highest Poor Incomes: 796th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 952nd
The Empire of
Democratic Socialists
In Weed we trust.
Empress Dido
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Fresh Carthage

Population5.375 billion

LeaderEmpress Dido

CurrencyImperial Credit
AnimalWar Elephant

The Empire of Fresh Carthage is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Empress Dido with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, compulsory military service, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate population of 5.375 billion Fresh Carthaginians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Carthage-on-the-Sea. The average income tax rate is 99.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Fresh Carthagean economy, worth a remarkable 1,227 trillion Imperial Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 228,303 Imperial Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Preschools put children down for naps with milk, cookies, and a gruesome story of vengeance, the nation grinds to a halt for afternoon tea, the government operates on a policy of compliance through intimidation, and Fresh Carthage's navy has been named the scourge of the seven thousand seas. Crime is totally unknown. Fresh Carthage's national animal is the War Elephant, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Didoism.

Fresh Carthage is ranked 179,630th in the world and 9,626th in The North Pacific for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector, scoring -24.36 on the Pepperoni Propulsion Productivity Index.

Most Secular: 783rdHighest Poor Incomes: 796thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 952ndLargest Governments: 1,022ndMost Inclusive: 1,026thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,195thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,203rdMost Developed: 1,283rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,370thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,679thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 2,057thMost Cultured: 2,077thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,143rdMost Subsidized Industry: 2,184thSmartest Citizens: 2,245thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,450thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,682ndHighest Average Incomes: 3,379thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,380thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,756thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,900thMost Influential: 3,981stLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,130thMost Efficient Economies: 5,725thLowest Crime Rates: 6,402ndLargest Welfare Programs: 6,930thHealthiest Citizens: 7,494thBest Weather: 8,638thTop
Highest Economic Output: 9,166thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,550thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,721stHighest Drug Use: 10,197thMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,490thMost Stationary: 11,986thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,915thMost Income Equality: 14,237thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,781stNudest: 17,360th
Highest Poor Incomes: 32nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 40th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 42nd in the regionMost Secular: 42nd in the regionLargest Governments: 46th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 46th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 50th in the regionMost Inclusive: 55th in the regionMost Developed: 62nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 66th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 87th in the regionMost Cultured: 95th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 96th in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 101st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 101st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 111th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 113th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 125th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 128th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 130th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 167th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 188th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 211th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 225th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 260th in the regionMost Stationary: 283rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 304th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 314th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 394th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 415th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 441st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 463rd in the regionBest Weather: 467th in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 520th in the regionLargest Populations: 567th in the regionNudest: 628th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 671st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 712th in the regionMost Income Equality: 819th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Fresh Carthage, Fresh Carthage's navy has been named the scourge of the seven thousand seas.
  • : Following new legislation in Fresh Carthage, the government operates on a policy of compliance through intimidation.
  • : Following new legislation in Fresh Carthage, the nation grinds to a halt for afternoon tea.
  • : Following new legislation in Fresh Carthage, preschools put children down for naps with milk, cookies, and a gruesome story of vengeance.
  • : Following new legislation in Fresh Carthage, anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card.
  • : Fresh Carthage was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Following new legislation in Fresh Carthage, fur coats have become the latest fashion trend.
  • : Following new legislation in Fresh Carthage, citizens are encouraged to report friends, family members or co-workers who seem depressed to the government for "counselling".
  • : Following new legislation in Fresh Carthage, the government claims that Empress Dido's political enemies literally take candy from babies.
  • : Following new legislation in Fresh Carthage, there's never enough space in space.


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