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Largest Populations: 63rd Most Efficient Economies: 73rd Highest Economic Output: 307th
The Great Civilization of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
With strange aeons even death may die.
Regional Influence
Hermit
Founder
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Average

Overview Factbook People Government Economy Rank Trend

The Great Civilization of The Ctan is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by the people with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 31.703 billion Ctani 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 minute government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Education also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tephet-Sheta. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Ctanian economy, worth a remarkable 8,838 trillion Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Uranium Mining, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 278,784 Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.0 times as much as the poorest.

The suicide rate mysteriously skyrockets during census years, trespassers entering the people's office are immediately vaporized, schools offer a range of lessons in subjects as diverse as The Economics of Bullying for Lunch Money, and Ctanian farm salmon are known for being both horribly diseased and remarkably acrobatic. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The Ctan's national animal is the Raven, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

The Ctan is ranked 73rd in the world and 1st in The Mictlan System for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Top
1%
Largest Populations: 63rdMost Efficient Economies: 73rdHighest Economic Output: 307thLargest Mining Sector: 340thMost Avoided: 900thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 973rdLargest Publishing Industry: 984thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,020thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,143rdMost Armed: 1,437thTop
5%
Highest Average Incomes: 1,525thSmartest Citizens: 1,671stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,685thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,051stLargest Black Market: 2,241stLargest Insurance Industry: 2,340thMost Stationary: 2,373rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,603rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,665thHighest Crime Rates: 2,708thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,873rdHighest Poor Incomes: 3,219thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,328thRudest Citizens: 3,394thHighest Drug Use: 3,565thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,662ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,883rdMost Rebellious Youth: 3,948thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,669thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,188thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,681stMost Secular: 6,079thMost Influential: 6,677thLargest Retail Industry: 6,897thTop
10%
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 9,081stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11,250thHealthiest Citizens: 12,201stNudest: 15,078thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,122ndLargest Gambling Industry: 15,189th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Ctan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements and Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : The Ctan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.
  • : The Ctan's influence in The Mictlan System rose from "Hegemony" to "Hermit".
  • : The Ctan's influence in The Mictlan System fell from "Hermit" to "Hegemony".
  • : Following new legislation in The Ctan, Ctanian farm salmon are known for being both horribly diseased and remarkably acrobatic.
  • : The Ctan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ctan, schools offer a range of lessons in subjects as diverse as The Economics of Bullying for Lunch Money.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ctan, trespassers entering the people's office are immediately vaporized.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ctan, the suicide rate mysteriously skyrockets during census years.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ctan, many marriages go virtually unconsummated.

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