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Most Primitive: 1,265thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,471stMost Devout: 3,880th
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Kaarten

Population4.058 billion

CurrencyPacks
AnimalLegendary

The Christmas Republic of Kaarten is a massive, efficient nation, notable for its lack of airports, avowedly heterosexual populace, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 4.058 billion Kaartenians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Defense, and Industry. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 64.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Kaartenian economy, worth 401 trillion Packs a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Woodchip Exports, Soda Sales, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is 98,999 Packs, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 293,869 per year while the poor average 26,165, a ratio of 11.2 to 1.

Politicians tack on a service charge for assisting with casework, street preachers sell salvation with a side order of shame on every corner, business meetings across the country are interrupted by the sound of squeaking whoopee-cushions, and Leader has declared a weed sticking through a crack in the sidewalk to be the nation's newest green space. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Kaarten's national animal is the Legendary, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Kaarten is ranked 187,449th in the world and 307th in Forest for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -9.22 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Most Primitive: 1,265thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,471stTop
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Most Devout: 3,880thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,322ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,765thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,641stLargest Black Market: 8,590thMost Ignorant Citizens: 8,799thTop
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Fattest Citizens: 11,184thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,958thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,762ndMost Cultured: 16,862ndMost Subsidized Industry: 19,419th
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 15th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 16th in the regionMost Primitive: 22nd in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 26th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 26th in the regionFattest Citizens: 29th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 34th in the regionLargest Black Market: 36th in the regionMost Avoided: 37th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 39th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 42nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 43rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 45th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Kaarten, Leader has declared a weed sticking through a crack in the sidewalk to be the nation's newest green space.
  • : Kaarten was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Kaarten, business meetings across the country are interrupted by the sound of squeaking whoopee-cushions.
  • : Kaarten was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces and Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : Following new legislation in Kaarten, street preachers sell salvation with a side order of shame on every corner.
  • : Following new legislation in Kaarten, politicians tack on a service charge for assisting with casework.
  • : Following new legislation in Kaarten, human resources employees have time for hobbies as harassment is designated "high praise".
  • : Following new legislation in Kaarten, the prevalence of circular logic frequently renders parliamentary observers dizzy.
  • : Following new legislation in Kaarten, every day at 4am Kaartenians wake to pray for the sun to rise.
  • : Kaarten was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.

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