by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 606th Most Influential: 1,214th Most Devout: 1,906th
The Commonwealth of
Iron Fist Consumerists
God first, then our guns.
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Few

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The Commonwealth of The Great Cacti is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Prime Minister Lewis Brindley with an iron fist, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, otherworldly petting zoo, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.212 billion Great Cactians 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 tiny, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Windsor. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.0%.

The all-consuming Great Cactian economy, worth 193 trillion Congressional Cactus Notes a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 160,002 Congressional Cactus Notes, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 550,815 per year while the poor average 34,052, a ratio of 16.2 to 1.

An enormous health awareness programme is underway, the nation grinds to a halt for afternoon tea, the lasting legacy of the current generation is a million years of buried radioactivity, and major cities are suffering under water rationing. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. The Great Cacti's national animal is the Cactus, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Catholicism.

The Great Cacti is ranked 3,551st in the world and 112th in The North Pacific for Most Armed, with 26.23 Weapons Per Person.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 606thMost Influential: 1,214thTop
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Most Devout: 1,906thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,948thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,123rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,204thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,313thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,400thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,418thMost Avoided: 2,532ndLargest Mining Sector: 3,444thMost Armed: 3,551stMost Corrupt Governments: 3,824thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,982ndLargest Retail Industry: 4,359thLargest Insurance Industry: 4,383rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,516thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,159thMost Conservative: 6,914thTop
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Fattest Citizens: 7,779thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,897thRudest Citizens: 8,579thHighest Average Incomes: 9,304thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,777thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,557th
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 58th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 61st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 63rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 64th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 64th in the regionMost Devout: 74th in the regionTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 76th in the regionMost Avoided: 81st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 93rd in the regionMost Armed: 112th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 126th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 145th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 148th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 153rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 175th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 203rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 262nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 284th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 325th in the regionMost Conservative: 333rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 354th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 378th in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 391st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 419th in the regionMost Influential: 419th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 466th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Great Cacti, major cities are suffering under water rationing.
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Cacti, the lasting legacy of the current generation is a million years of buried radioactivity.
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Cacti, the nation grinds to a halt for afternoon tea.
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Cacti, an enormous health awareness programme is underway.
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Cacti, leather-clad individuals can be seen walking their slaves in public parks.
  • : The Great Cacti voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Reventus Koth".
  • : The Great Cacti was endorsed by The Commonwealth of Sheppey.
  • : The Great Cacti was endorsed by The Empire of Altmoras Prime.
  • : The Great Cacti was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Cacti, the year's most anticipated show is "Great Deals on Delicious Meals".

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Endorsements Received: 107 » Notyoutopia, Siwale, Unimaginable Doom, Yaorozu, Sunto, The Democratic Republic of Tomb, Great Bights Mum, Religioncord, Crodaria, SchoolHouse Rock, Chinstralia, Xentherida, Upper Sam Dodovi, Khvatai, Kingdom of Space, Empy, Halcon siveriano, Daedric Stellar Empire, Kujira, Sil Dorsett, Holy Oranz, Pria Xennes, Barbarossistanian South Brasilistan, Frances Francis the First of France, Great and Glorious Martese Unionins, Upper Portlandia, Idealistically Kool, Wineclaw, Bharathvarsh, Alice Gardens, Enosville, Wisconsota, Elspeth and Samina, Whereisthatistan, Ovsterland, Selfgradatude, Kaschovia, Lord Ravenclaw, Vazali, Valdr, Shadowrik, Wolfensjaeger, StormRose, Mercy Land, New Trisone, Empire of the Dark Lords of the Sith, Omicron Persei V111, Klettureyja, Lupus Imperium, Reannia, and 57 others.Cullins, GeorgeTheMiner, Dutchyland, HMS Unicorn, Morrn, Ubervania, The Rossinite Empire, Tharissus, Northern Gala Arment Toustavo, Pallaith, Puczovska, Tee Googly Coffee Me, Arcadia of Kasterborous, New Rivia, Holtklava, Tianqing, Q w e r t y, Colony of lasting Hopes, Sandovara, PlanetPunk, Gnate, Kwaj, Great Solordia, General COE, Kobagia, Choistan, Cato Minoria, Vszeklina, Friently, Moristia, Hong Kong Empire, South Grand Mountain, Lavanania, Shin-Hachioji, Faxfleet, Cleoskye, Victoriaans Nederlands, Diodone, Lamexanope, Coemgen, American MapleStory, Kizja, Anima Proxa, Fuoreew, Dannyria, Rylam, Sanjurika, Paxiosolange, Ainsworth, McMasterdonia, Yukti, WE Empire, Plembobria, Marsh Castle, Prevaland, Zemnaya Svoboda, and Sheppey.

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