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Largest Insurance Industry: 1,663rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,206thMost Devout: 3,933rd
The Benevolent Fist of
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Population12.909 billion

LeaderComrade General Fedele Fantoccini


The Benevolent Fist of Scardino is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Comrade General Fedele Fantoccini with an iron fist, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, absence of drug laws, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 12.909 billion Scardinoans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Spirituality, Industry, and Education also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Poggioreale. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 74.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Scardinoan economy, worth a remarkable 1,271 trillion florins a year, is led by the Door-to-door Insurance Sales industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Furniture Restoration, and Soda Sales. Average income is 98,507 florins, with the richest citizens earning 9.8 times as much as the poorest.

Homeless people dying of starvation are thought to be a necessary cost of preventing terrorism, the vow 'til death do us part' is often taken as an invitation to murder, it is a silent spring in Scardino, and recent events in Dàguó have been classified 'for Comrade General Fedele Fantoccini's eyes only'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Scardino's national animal is the squirrel, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Scardinoism.

Scardino is ranked 15,445th in the world and 7th in Lone Wolves United for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 2,627.9 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

Largest Insurance Industry: 1,663rdTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,206thMost Devout: 3,933rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,465thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,345thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,529thLowest Crime Rates: 9,716thMost Efficient Economies: 9,824thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9,835thTop
Largest Mining Sector: 13,086thHighest Economic Output: 13,978thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,445thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,704thMost Developed: 20,519thLargest Populations: 20,781stHighest Average Tax Rates: 22,037thLargest Governments: 22,109th
Largest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 8th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionLargest Governments: 8th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 9th in the regionLargest Populations: 9th in the region

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