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The Sultanate of Cardonistania

“Freedom Breeds Evil”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Outlawed
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: 10000 Islands

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Cardonistania

Population1.03 billion

CapitalCardontuktu
LeaderSamool Cardona

Currencyvoucher
Animalscorpion

The Sultanate of Cardonistania is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Samool Cardona with an iron fist, and renowned for its zero percent divorce rate, infamous sell-swords, and parental licensing program. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.03 billion Cardonistanians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cardontuktu. The average income tax rate is 87.0%.

The Cardonistanian economy, worth 57.2 trillion vouchers 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 slick, highly efficient, highly specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Gambling, and Trout Farming. 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 55,509 vouchers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.9 times as much as the poorest.

Military minds worry that 'the blue screen of death' on brand new operating systems may be a literal description, maps of the enemy's positions are often covered in blood, the nation is committed to nuclear rearmament, and it's not only teenagers who mess around with fake IDs. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cardonistania's national animal is the scorpion, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Cardonistania is ranked 45,270th in the world and 479th in 10000 Islands for Most Subsidized Industry, scoring 3,031.98 on the Gilded Widget Scale.

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5%
Most Authoritarian: 3,170thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,815thMost Conservative: 6,674thMost Influential: 7,256thMost Patriotic: 8,563rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,211thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,965thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,323rdTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,940thLowest Crime Rates: 17,639thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22,736thHealthiest Citizens: 22,737thLargest Governments: 23,422ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 23,865thMost Extreme: 25,196thMost Corrupt Governments: 25,372ndLargest Welfare Programs: 26,023rdBest Weather: 26,809th
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Most Authoritarian: 10th in the regionMost Extreme: 12th in the regionTop
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Most Conservative: 29th in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 91st in the regionMost Patriotic: 92nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 119th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 131st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Cardonistania was endorsed by The Hermit Kingdom of Iron Soviet.
  • : Cardonistania was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Best Weather.
  • : Cardonistania was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Following new legislation in Cardonistania, it's not only teenagers who mess around with fake IDs.
  • : Following new legislation in Cardonistania, the nation is committed to nuclear rearmament.
  • : Cardonistania was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Cardonistania, maps of the enemy's positions are often covered in blood.
  • : Following new legislation in Cardonistania, military minds worry that 'the blue screen of death' on brand new operating systems may be a literal description.
  • : Following new legislation in Cardonistania, the nation's black ops are starting to get on people's nerves.
  • : Cardonistania was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement and the Top 10% for Most Extensive Public Healthcare, Most Eco-Friendly Governments, and Largest Welfare Programs.

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