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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

Population6.097 billion


The Queendom of Carmel Ridge is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The cynical, devout population of 6.097 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 207 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 140,913th in the world and 343rd in Hsiao Han for Most Avoided, scoring 1.13 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Most Authoritarian: 4,694thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,763rdTop
Most Conservative: 11,450thMost Devout: 11,715thMost Extreme: 12,256thMost Ignorant Citizens: 14,114th
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 Beautiful Environments: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8th in the regionBest Weather: 9th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 11th in the regionLargest Governments: 11th in the regionMost Inclusive: 12th in the regionMost Devout: 12th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 12th in the regionMost Cultured: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 20th in the regionMost Conservative: 23rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 25th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 26th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 27th in the regionSafest: 29th in the regionNicest Citizens: 29th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 32nd in the region

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