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The Republic of Card Farmer 1839

“Card Farming”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Birb

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Card Farmer 1839

Population516 million

Currencycards
Animalfarming

The Republic of Card Farmer 1839 is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its zero percent divorce rate, keen interest in outer space, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 516 million Card Farmer 1839ians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 37.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Card Farmer 1839ian economy, worth 36.2 trillion cards a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Cheese Exports, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 70,228 cards, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Weird or unusual crimes merit cruel and unusual punishments, a milk bath costs more than bathing in money, cheap textbooks have replaced coasters at college ragers, and nighttime sightings of raccoons sporting Circle-A patches and bandanna masks are on the rise. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Card Farmer 1839's national animal is the farming, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Card Farmer 1839 is ranked 74,018th in the world and 615th in Birb for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 2,185.17 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Top
5%
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 4,096thTop
10%
Most Rebellious Youth: 14,779thMost Devout: 21,162nd
Top
1%
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 18th in the regionTop
5%
Most Rebellious Youth: 104th in the regionTop
10%
Rudest Citizens: 277th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Card Farmer 1839 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Cheese Export Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Card Farmer 1839, nighttime sightings of raccoons sporting Circle-A patches and bandanna masks are on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Card Farmer 1839, cheap textbooks have replaced coasters at college ragers.
  • : Following new legislation in Card Farmer 1839, a milk bath costs more than bathing in money.
  • : Following new legislation in Card Farmer 1839, weird or unusual crimes merit cruel and unusual punishments.
  • : Following new legislation in Card Farmer 1839, friendly fire incidents usually result in severe burns.
  • : Following new legislation in Card Farmer 1839, the beauty of coastal towns is marred only slightly by all the closed-down storefronts.
  • : Following new legislation in Card Farmer 1839, the country's population is reported with a margin of error of several billions.
  • : Following new legislation in Card Farmer 1839, voting is compulsory.
  • : Following new legislation in Card Farmer 1839, undergrads find their professors' mushroom experiments less psychedelic than expected.

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