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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,599th Most Armed: 1,655th Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,108th
The Meritocracy of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
This I'll Defend
Influence
Nipper
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Some

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Pharthan

Population14.51 billion

CapitalHadrian
LeaderPraeceptor Ryan Tanter
FaithChristianity

CurrencyAurum
AnimalShrike

The Meritocracy of Pharthan is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Praeceptor Ryan Tanter with an even hand, and notable for its frequent executions, ubiquitous missile silos, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 14.51 billion Pharthanians 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 tiny government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Education and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Welfare and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hadrian. The average income tax rate is 1.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Pharthanian economy, worth a remarkable 2,345 trillion Aurums a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an impressive 161,673 Aurums, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.0 times as much as the poorest.

The term cold case has taken on a very literal meaning, you need two tenors and a coloratura contralto to sing the national anthem properly, parents are shocked to find out that having kids costs money, and the Finance Ministry posts hourly updates on where taxpayer money is spent. Crime is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Pharthan's national animal is the Shrike, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Christianity.

Pharthan is ranked 9,554th in the world and 21st in International Northwestern Union for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 9,362.71 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,599thMost Armed: 1,655thTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,108thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,300thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,584thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,636thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,830thMost Devout: 3,231stLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,368thLargest Mining Sector: 4,470thHighest Economic Output: 4,699thMost Avoided: 5,621stMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,972ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7,188thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,971stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,366thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,475thTop
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Highest Crime Rates: 9,528thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,554thLargest Populations: 9,874thHighest Average Incomes: 10,512thLargest Black Market: 11,848thLeast Corrupt Governments: 13,125thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13,665thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,272nd
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Most Armed: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
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Highest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the region

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