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Largest Gambling Industry: 526th Most Armed: 1,770th Most Ignorant Citizens: 3,090th
The Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Wave the card and the door shall open
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Some

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Keycard

Population3.73 billion

Currencykey
Animallock

The Empire of Keycard is a massive, efficient nation, notable for its public floggings, smutty television, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.73 billion Doorholders have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, although Education, Industry, and Administration are also considered important, while International Aid isn't funded at all. The average income tax rate is 46.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Keycardian economy, worth 388 trillion keys a year, is quite specialized and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 104,187 keys, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

The controversial show 'Who Wants to be an Immigrant?' has become wildly popular, Leader claims to know what infants are thinking, plain-clothes police officers follow Dàguó tourists everywhere they go, and CEOs are forced to cut coupons during important conference calls to make ends meet. Crime is a problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Keycard's national animal is the lock, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Keycard is ranked 15,343rd in the world and 510th in the South Pacific for Highest Crime Rates, with 17.02 Crimes Per Hour.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 526thTop
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Most Armed: 1,770thMost Ignorant Citizens: 3,090thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,497thLargest Black Market: 3,782ndMost Devout: 3,994thFattest Citizens: 4,016thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,708thMost Primitive: 6,149thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,408thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,446thMost Avoided: 6,673rdTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 9,105thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,370thHighest Drug Use: 12,570thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,176thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,220thHighest Crime Rates: 15,343rd
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Largest Gambling Industry: 13th in the regionMost Armed: 40th in the regionLargest Black Market: 64th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 71st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 72nd in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 90th in the regionFattest Citizens: 92nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 115th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 126th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 137th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 153rd in the regionMost Avoided: 153rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 182nd in the regionMost Primitive: 249th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 278th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 337th in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 412th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 452nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 493rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 507th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 510th in the regionLargest Populations: 564th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 577th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 712th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Keycard, CEOs are forced to cut coupons during important conference calls to make ends meet.
  • : Following new legislation in Keycard, plain-clothes police officers follow Dàguó tourists everywhere they go.
  • : Following new legislation in Keycard, Leader claims to know what infants are thinking.
  • : Following new legislation in Keycard, the controversial show 'Who Wants to be an Immigrant?' has become wildly popular.
  • : Following new legislation in Keycard, an alabaster statue of an ancient cat-deity takes pride of place in the centre of Keycard City.
  • : Keycard was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Keycard, Keycardian actors literally work from cradle to grave.
  • : Following new legislation in Keycard, fresh food is a thing of the past due to onerous testing standards.
  • : Following new legislation in Keycard, the secret ingredient is love (and MSG).
  • : Following new legislation in Keycard, excited shovel-bearing geeks wander the countryside.

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