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The Republic of Card Farmer 249

“Card Farming”

Category: Moralistic Democracy
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Average

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Birb

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Card Farmer 249

Population3.391 billion

Currencycards
Animalfarming

The Republic of Card Farmer 249 is a massive, efficient nation, notable for its museums and concert halls, aversion to nipples, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 3.391 billion Card Farmer 249ians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Education. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 38.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Card Farmer 249ian economy, worth 407 trillion cards a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 120,024 cards, with the richest citizens earning 9.7 times as much as the poorest.

Trying to toast marshmallows in an electric fireplace just isn't the same, politicians tend to speak more loudly and slowly these days, some of the country's most famous photographers are animals, and the police have been known to wiretap confessional boxes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Card Farmer 249's national animal is the farming, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Card Farmer 249 is ranked 192,391st in the world and 3,057th in Birb for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -8.37 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Top
1%
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,690thTop
5%
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,164thLargest Mining Sector: 3,996thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,118thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,353rdMost Devout: 8,390thLargest Black Market: 8,762ndMost Avoided: 9,474thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,718thTop
10%
Most Efficient Economies: 10,698thHealthiest Citizens: 11,401stMost Corrupt Governments: 12,991stHighest Disposable Incomes: 13,237thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,379thMost Developed: 13,511thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14,134thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,483rdLongest Average Lifespans: 19,927th
Top
1%
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 17th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 22nd in the regionTop
5%
Most Developed: 43rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 59th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 69th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 131st in the regionLargest Black Market: 142nd in the regionMost Avoided: 143rd in the regionMost Cultured: 145th in the regionTop
10%
Largest Information Technology Sector: 164th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 228th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 237th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 244th in the regionRudest Citizens: 245th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 292nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Card Farmer 249 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Card Farmer 249 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Card Farmer 249 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Card Farmer 249 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork and Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Card Farmer 249 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes and Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Card Farmer 249 was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector and the Top 5% for Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Card Farmer 249 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Card Farmer 249 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector and the Top 10% for Most Cultured.
  • : Card Farmer 249 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Card Farmer 249 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.

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