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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,549thLargest Mining Sector: 2,295thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,869th
The Unforgiving Political Body of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.
Aleksander Marković
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Newcomer
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Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Competitive Solitaire

Population5.411 billion

CapitalZagreb
LeaderAleksander Marković
FaithEarly Marxism

Currencytennis ball
AnimalChase Henderson

The Unforgiving Political Body of Competitive Solitaire is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Aleksander Marković with an iron fist, and notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, enslaved workforce, and ban on automobiles. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.411 billion Competitors 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Industry, Education, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zagreb. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 67.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Competitive Solitairean economy, worth 755 trillion tennis balls a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Information Technology. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 139,600 tennis balls, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 700,443 per year while the poor average 15,588, a ratio of 44.9 to 1.

It is said that a Competitive Solitairean woman's work is never done, nobody draws smiley faces on receipts anymore, laser-wielding robots are taking aim at human hearts, and many believe that Aleksander Marković's head is big enough for the sun to orbit around it. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Competitive Solitaire's national animal is the Chase Henderson, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Early Marxism.

Competitive Solitaire is ranked 198,872nd in the world and 7,075th in Osiris for Least Corrupt Governments, with 41.29 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,549thTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 2,295thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,869thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,006thMost Avoided: 4,486thLargest Black Market: 4,712thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,210thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,425thMost Conservative: 6,471stMost Corrupt Governments: 6,813thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,549thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,664thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 11,652ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,204thLargest Retail Industry: 14,033rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16,022ndHighest Average Incomes: 16,036thMost Developed: 16,946thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17,240thMost Advanced Public Education: 19,763rd
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 73rd in the regionTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 113th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 184th in the regionMost Conservative: 186th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 224th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 232nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 239th in the regionLargest Black Market: 242nd in the regionMost Avoided: 267th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 364th in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 373rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 468th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 511th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 543rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 664th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 664th in the region

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