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The Republic of Card Farmer 242

“Card Farming”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Average

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Birb

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Card Farmer 242

Population3.395 billion

Currencycards
Animalfarming

The Republic of Card Farmer 242 is a massive, efficient nation, notable for its parental licensing program, complete lack of prisons, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 3.395 billion Card Farmer 242ians 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, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. The average income tax rate is 69.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Card Farmer 242ian economy, worth 464 trillion cards a year, is fairly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 136,961 cards, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

The regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb, commemoration of the Great Birb War costs almost as much as the war itself, almost every singles' party has a clergy and courtesans theme, and delivery truck companies use hospital parking lots to store 16-wheelers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Card Farmer 242's national animal is the farming, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Card Farmer 242 is ranked 67,134th in the world and 877th in Birb for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 1,507.08 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Top
5%
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,861stMost Armed: 3,254thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,454thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,618thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,125thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,234thLargest Mining Sector: 4,325thMost Devout: 5,181stMost Subsidized Industry: 6,193rdLargest Black Market: 7,967thMost Efficient Economies: 8,356thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,511thTop
10%
Most Corrupt Governments: 12,331stLowest Crime Rates: 13,645thHighest Average Incomes: 16,633rdHealthiest Citizens: 17,115thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,776thLargest Governments: 19,925th
Top
1%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionMost Armed: 17th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 21st in the regionTop
5%
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 44th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 64th in the regionLargest Black Market: 77th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 80th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 105th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 106th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 121st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 130th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 130th in the regionMost Devout: 131st in the regionTop
10%
Highest Average Incomes: 158th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 167th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 180th in the regionLargest Governments: 197th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 237th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 303rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Card Farmer 242 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Card Farmer 242 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Card Farmer 242 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Card Farmer 242 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Card Farmer 242 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Card Farmer 242 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Governments and Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Card Farmer 242's influence in Birb rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Card Farmer 242's influence in Birb rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Card Farmer 242's influence in Birb rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Card Farmer 242's influence in Birb rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".

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