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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 637th Most Influential: 1,015th Most Devout: 1,878th
The Commonwealth of
Iron Fist Consumerists
God first, then our guns.
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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The Commonwealth of The Great Cacti is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Prime Minister Lewis Brindley with an iron fist, and remarkable for its frequent executions, prohibition of alcohol, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.928 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 relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized 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 4.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Great Cactian economy, worth 305 trillion Congressional Cactus Notes a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 158,552 Congressional Cactus Notes, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 551,500 per year while the poor average 33,218, a ratio of 16.6 to 1.

Armed police are cracking down on untaxed collectable-card-trading in local junior schools, houses and businesses are bulldozed to make way for ever-expanding cemeteries, proprietary charger leads are now a pain for electric cars as well as cellphones, and employees are told they can avoid traffic jams by starting work at 4 AM. 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 32,213th in the world and 1,566th in The North Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 142.3 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 637thMost Influential: 1,015thTop
Most Devout: 1,878thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,936thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,280thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,457thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,508thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,568thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,651stMost Avoided: 2,951stLargest Mining Sector: 3,680thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,868thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,580thMost Armed: 4,674thLargest Insurance Industry: 5,168thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5,269thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,279thLargest Retail Industry: 5,553rdMost Conservative: 8,038thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,965thTop
Fattest Citizens: 9,515thHighest Average Incomes: 10,142ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,481stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,057thLargest Black Market: 13,427th
Most Ignorant Citizens: 55th in the regionMost Devout: 64th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 65th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 65th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 65th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 71st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 76th in the regionMost Avoided: 85th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 92nd in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 117th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 134th in the regionMost Armed: 137th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 165th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 181st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 194th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 238th in the regionLargest Black Market: 305th in the regionFattest Citizens: 318th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 318th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 372nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 420th in the regionMost Influential: 423rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 464th in the regionMost Conservative: 480th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 509th in the regionRudest Citizens: 872nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 974th in the regionMost Stationary: 977th in the region

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