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The Queendom of Carmel Ridge

“al cite mu sentiment a prez”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Hsiao Han


Carmel Ridge

Population7.38 billion


The Queendom of Carmel Ridge is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The cynical, devout population of 7.38 billion Carmel Ridgeans 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 enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Law & Order, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 69.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but underdeveloped Carmel Ridgean economy, worth 251 trillion betales a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 34,037 betales, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

Military spending is on the increase, a ban on unsolicited cold calling in all forms is in effect, tourists from around the world come to visit the country's famous rainforests, and citizens are barcoded to keep track of their movements. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Carmel Ridge's national animal is the deer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Carmel Ridge is ranked 156,263rd in the world and 274th in Hsiao Han for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring 365.09 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

Most Authoritarian: 5,709thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,266thTop
Most Conservative: 12,336thMost Devout: 13,792ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 17,391stMost Extreme: 21,059thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 22,145th
Most Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 7th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 8th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8th in the regionBest Weather: 9th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 11th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11th in the regionLargest Governments: 11th in the regionMost Cultured: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12th in the regionMost Devout: 12th in the regionMost Inclusive: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14th in the regionMost Influential: 14th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 16th in the regionTop
Most Conservative: 22nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 25th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 26th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 26th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 27th in the regionSafest: 29th in the regionNicest Citizens: 29th in the region

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