by Max Barry

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,038thLargest Black Market: 7,276thMost Avoided: 9,280th
The Second Round of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Round 2
Influence
Contender
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Sarcand

Population16.363 billion

CurrencySecret Red Bottle
AnimalFlower Pot

The Second Round of Sarcand is a gargantuan, efficient nation, renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, aversion to nipples, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 16.363 billion Sarcandians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Administration. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 45.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Sarcandian economy, worth a remarkable 1,377 trillion Secret Red Bottles a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Woodchip Exports, Uranium Mining, and Information Technology. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is 84,167 Secret Red Bottles, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 271,144 per year while the poor average 19,773, a ratio of 13.7 to 1.

City rooftops are pockmarked with the shattered remains of high velocity delivery drones, enemy navies sail within bombardment range of major coastal cities with impunity, government ministers sport new billboards that read 'Will Trade Votes for Private Members' Bill Support', and the nation is going green. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sarcand's national animal is the Flower Pot, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Sarcand is ranked 12,107th in the world and 2nd in Lily for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 115.16 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,038thLargest Black Market: 7,276thMost Avoided: 9,280thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 12,107thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,515thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,293rdHighest Economic Output: 16,155thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,227thMost Ignorant Citizens: 17,704thLargest Populations: 19,371stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 20,048thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 21,241stMost Advanced Public Transport: 27,026th
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Largest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sarcand, the nation is going green.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarcand, government ministers sport new billboards that read 'Will Trade Votes for Private Members' Bill Support'.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarcand, enemy navies sail within bombardment range of major coastal cities with impunity.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarcand, city rooftops are pockmarked with the shattered remains of high velocity delivery drones.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarcand, residents of houses built on a foundation of wishful thinking are prone to an odd sinking feeling.
  • : Sarcand's influence in Lily rose from "Negotiator" to "Contender".
  • : Sarcand was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarcand, produce labels read 'may contain traces of food'.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarcand, skateparks can be found in every city.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarcand, the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster.

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