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Most Valuable International Artwork: 246thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,290thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,605th
The Republic of
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Influence
Hermit
Founder
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Card Vault

Population1.776 billion

CapitalVault One
LeaderValint and Balk

Currencycard
Animalcash cow

The Republic of Card Vault is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Valint and Balk with an iron fist, and notable for its teetotalling pirates, barren, inhospitable landscape, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 1.776 billion Cardashians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vault One. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 23.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Cardashian economy, worth 238 trillion cards a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Automobile Manufacturing. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 134,175 cards, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 728,598 per year while the poor average 12,727, a ratio of 57.2 to 1.

Male celebrity chefs are laughed at for their lack of manliness, cubicles often double as graves as citizens literally work themselves to death, soldiers on first dates introduce themselves only by their ranks and serial numbers, and farmers are complaining that the buzzing and the sparks from the nearby MagRail are blighting their crops. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. Card Vault's national animal is the cash cow, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Card Vault is ranked 99,242nd in the world and 1st in Card Corp for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 956.06 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 246thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 3,290thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,605thMost Armed: 3,970thLargest Insurance Industry: 4,838thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,953rdMost Avoided: 6,158thLargest Retail Industry: 6,412thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,842ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,160thMost Efficient Economies: 8,694thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,699thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,568thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,135thTop
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Fattest Citizens: 12,441stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 16,677thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,198thLargest Black Market: 17,380thHighest Average Incomes: 17,732ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,000thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20,930thMost Conservative: 21,863rd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Card Vault was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Card Vault's influence in Card Corp rose from "Contender" to "Hermit".
  • : Card Vault's influence in Card Corp fell from "Instigator" to "Contender".
  • : Card Vault appointed Card funnel 12 as VP with authority over Appearance, Communications, and Polls in Card Corp.
  • : Card Vault appointed Card funnel 11 as VP with authority over Appearance, Embassies, and Polls in Card Corp.
  • : Card Vault appointed Card funnel 10 as VP with authority over Border Control, Communications, and Embassies in Card Corp.
  • : Card Vault appointed Card funnel 9 as VP with authority over Border Control, Communications, and Polls in Card Corp.
  • : Card Vault appointed Card funnel 8 as VP with authority over Border Control, Embassies, and Polls in Card Corp.
  • : Card Vault appointed Card funnel 7 as VP with authority over Communications, Embassies, and Polls in Card Corp.
  • : Card Vault appointed Card funnel 6 as Senior VP with authority over Appearance, Border Control, Communications, and Embassies in Card Corp.

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