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The Macabre Marionette of Card Puppet VIIII

“No strings attached!” Carlo Collodi

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Last Flight

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Card Puppet VIIII

Population2.061 billion

CapitalFreddie's
LeaderCarlo Collodi
FaithThe Jump Scare

CurrencyCard
AnimalLegendary Epic

The Macabre Marionette of Card Puppet VIIII is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Carlo Collodi with a fair hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, keen interest in outer space, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 2.061 billion Mad Marionettes enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Freddie's. The average income tax rate is 21.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Cut Loose economy, worth 240 trillion Cards a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an impressive 116,537 Cards, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.3 times as much as the poorest.

Two inland cities have unveiled their new desalination plants, former arms manufacturing CEOs are now delivering food for minimum wage, every product goes through extensive safety-testing by the government, and the government is avowedly secular. Crime, especially youth-related, is moderate, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Card Puppet VIIII's national animal is the Legendary Epic, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities, and its national religion is The Jump Scare.

Card Puppet VIIII is ranked 193,016th in the world and 129th in Last Flight for Most Authoritarian, with 221.79 milliStalins.

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5%
Most Secular: 4,482ndRudest Citizens: 4,861stLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,427thFattest Citizens: 7,611thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,631stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 8,374thLargest Retail Industry: 10,312thTop
10%
Most Cheerful Citizens: 11,340thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12,791stLargest Publishing Industry: 12,988thMost Rebellious Youth: 15,991stMost Politically Free: 18,133rdMost Efficient Economies: 19,644thSmartest Citizens: 21,113thMost Developed: 21,326th
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5%
Largest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 13th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 15th in the regionTop
10%
Most Cheerful Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Secular: 18th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 21st in the regionMost Politically Free: 27th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Card Puppet VIIII, the government is avowedly secular.
  • : Following new legislation in Card Puppet VIIII, every product goes through extensive safety-testing by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Card Puppet VIIII, former arms manufacturing CEOs are now delivering food for minimum wage.
  • : Following new legislation in Card Puppet VIIII, two inland cities have unveiled their new desalination plants.
  • : Following new legislation in Card Puppet VIIII, young girls and senior citizens alike can be spotted wearing colourful short shorts.
  • : Card Puppet VIIII was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Following new legislation in Card Puppet VIIII, male tourists tend to be fearful of Card Puppet VIIII's deadly femme fatales.
  • : Following new legislation in Card Puppet VIIII, small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome.
  • : Following new legislation in Card Puppet VIIII, elections have become procedural nightmares due to voters persistently rejecting candidates.
  • : Following new legislation in Card Puppet VIIII, anyone who sneezes at border crossings is turned away.

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