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The Swashbuckling Privateer of Chava Cal

“The rougher the seas, the smoother we sail. Ahoy!” Capt'n Vostok

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Penguia

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Chava Cal

Population5.263 billion

CapitalPirate Supership
LeaderCapt'n Vostok
FaithRum

CurrencyAntarctican doubloon
AnimalMermaid

The Swashbuckling Privateer of Chava Cal is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Capt'n Vostok with an iron fist, and renowned for its state-planned economy, infamous sell-swords, and ban on automobiles. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.263 billion Antarctican Pirate Penguins are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Industry, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pirate Supership. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 62.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Antarctican economy, worth 761 trillion Antarctican doubloons 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched black market in Gambling, Retail, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. 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 an impressive 144,693 Antarctican doubloons, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 422,093 per year while the poor average 39,192, a ratio of 10.8 to 1.

The government sends submarines to retrieve bodies from shipwrecked submarines, catcalling has been replaced by slut-shaming, ratings for schools' curricula range from 'Pure as the Driven Snow' to 'Late Night TV', and pet loving officers arrest citizens who don't give their dogs enough biscuits. Crime is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Chava Cal's national animal is the Mermaid, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways, and its national religion is Rum.

Chava Cal is ranked 139th in the world and 1st in Penguia for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 42,147.93 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 139thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,323rdLargest Black Market: 1,576thHighest Crime Rates: 1,603rdTop
5%
Most Primitive: 1,747thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,124thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,152ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,714thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,734thMost Avoided: 2,944thMost Armed: 3,060thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,127thNudest: 3,677thLargest Retail Industry: 4,037thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,215thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,810thMost Efficient Economies: 7,637thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,373rdTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 12,823rdHighest Average Incomes: 13,600thRudest Citizens: 13,957thMost Devout: 15,064th
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1%
Most Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionNudest: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8th in the regionMost Developed: 10th in the regionMost Devout: 14th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 15th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 19th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 28th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Chava Cal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Chava Cal updated the World Factbook entry in Penguia.
  • : Chava Cal was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Devout.
  • : Following new legislation in Chava Cal, pet loving officers arrest citizens who don't give their dogs enough biscuits.
  • : Following new legislation in Chava Cal, ratings for schools' curricula range from 'Pure as the Driven Snow' to 'Late Night TV'.
  • : Following new legislation in Chava Cal, catcalling has been replaced by slut-shaming.
  • : Following new legislation in Chava Cal, the government sends submarines to retrieve bodies from shipwrecked submarines.
  • : Chava Cal was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Chava Cal proposed constructing embassies between Penguia and Hallyu Sanctuary.
  • : Chava Cal's influence in Penguia fell from "Vassal" to "Apprentice".

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