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The Kingdom of Cartures

“Not now” Maarten Paulus III

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
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Location: The North Pacific



Population4.977 billion

LeaderMaarten Paulus III


The Kingdom of Cartures is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Maarten Paulus III with an iron fist, and notable for its public floggings, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 4.977 billion Carturesians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Carturia. The average income tax rate is 95.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Carturesian economy, worth 904 trillion Floreijns a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 181,752 Floreijns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

The richest individuals apparently buy nothing but noodles and toilet paper, war vets look after war animals, fewer people are bathing as citizens must show ration stamps before they can turn on their faucets, and shanty towns are forming in the suburbs of major cities. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cartures's national animal is the Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Cartures is ranked 272,284th in the world and 12,829th in The North Pacific for Most Avoided, scoring 0.41 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 167thMost Influential: 493rdLowest Crime Rates: 2,264thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,449thMost Developed: 2,706thTop
Most Patriotic: 3,025thHealthiest Citizens: 3,236thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,260thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,754thMost Cultured: 3,901stBest Weather: 4,171stSmartest Citizens: 4,720thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,739thLargest Governments: 4,916thHighest Food Quality: 5,002ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,547thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,351stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,981stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,509thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,569thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,592ndHighest Poor Incomes: 7,975thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,792ndLargest Welfare Programs: 8,877thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,643rdHighest Average Incomes: 9,769thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,555thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,593rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10,989thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,173rdMost Inclusive: 12,572ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,003rdTop
Most Secular: 14,700thMost Efficient Economies: 18,035thMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,843rdLargest Publishing Industry: 21,867thLargest Agricultural Sector: 23,511thHighest Economic Output: 24,902ndMost Subsidized Industry: 26,529th
Most Influential: 113th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 122nd in the regionMost Patriotic: 124th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 133rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 139th in the regionMost Developed: 152nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 183rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 187th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 196th in the regionMost Cultured: 200th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 212th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 217th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 242nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 243rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 244th in the regionBest Weather: 250th in the regionLargest Governments: 252nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 273rd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 281st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 317th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 322nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 323rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 339th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 383rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 401st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 440th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 450th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 527th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 590th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 632nd in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 674th in the regionMost Secular: 696th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 706th in the regionMost Inclusive: 725th in the regionMost Stationary: 752nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 794th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 883rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 945th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 993rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1,002nd in the regionLargest Populations: 1,165th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,286th in the region

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