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The Republic of Card Farmer 245

“Card Farming”

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

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Birb

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Card Farmer 245

Population3.364 billion

Currencycards
Animalfarming

The Republic of Card Farmer 245 is a massive, efficient nation, renowned for its ban on automobiles, keen interest in outer space, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 3.364 billion Card Farmer 245ians 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 relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Education. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 26.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Card Farmer 245ian economy, worth 445 trillion cards a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Information Technology. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 132,577 cards, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 648,981 per year while the poor average 15,536, a ratio of 41.8 to 1.

Bris parties are all the rage, most barbers are also surgeons, families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain, and many politicians are having to do a hard day's work for the first time in their careers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Card Farmer 245's national animal is the farming, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Card Farmer 245 is ranked 31,664th in the world and 1,371st in Birb for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 4,126.83 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,068thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,208thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,841stLargest Mining Sector: 4,347thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,169thMost Devout: 5,497thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,727thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,972ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,158thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,428thLargest Black Market: 9,347thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 13,358thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,508thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17,143rdMost Developed: 17,726thHighest Average Incomes: 17,950th
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 22nd in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 34th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 45th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 61st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 71st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 81st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 152nd in the regionMost Devout: 153rd in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 176th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 189th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 197th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 229th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 241st in the region

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