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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,603rd Most Armed: 1,657th Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,117th
The Meritocracy of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
This I'll Defend
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population14.556 billion

LeaderPraeceptor Ryan Tanter


The Meritocracy of Pharthan is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Praeceptor Ryan Tanter with an even hand, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, zero percent divorce rate, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 14.556 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 2,353 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 4,462nd in the world and 1st in International Northwestern Union for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 11,254.46 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,603rdMost Armed: 1,657thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,117thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,317thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,607thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,647thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,852ndMost Devout: 3,242ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,378thLargest Mining Sector: 4,462ndHighest Economic Output: 4,732ndMost Avoided: 5,656thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,997thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7,151stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,992ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,409thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,609thTop
Highest Crime Rates: 9,471stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,581stLargest Populations: 9,865thHighest Average Incomes: 10,581stLargest Black Market: 11,937thLeast Corrupt Governments: 13,115thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13,674thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,194th
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the region

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