by Max Barry

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Category: Anarchy
Civil Rights:
Frightening
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Corrupted

Regional Influence: Dominator

Location: Noahs Second Card Farm

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SecoNd beSt card colleCtor

Population6.631 billion

CapitalLegendary City
LeaderNoah
FaithSecond Bestness

CurrencyCard
AnimalLegendary

The Secondary Cards Conglomerate of SecoNd beSt card colleCtor is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Noah with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 6.631 billion Second Best Card Collectors live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and International Aid. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Legendary City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Second Best Card Collector economy, worth a remarkable 1,986 trillion Cards a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Information Technology, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 299,615 Cards, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,731,292 per year while the poor average 3,670, a ratio of 744 to 1.

The latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller, Jennifer Government is a bestseller, paper and ink publications are subsidised by the government to keep them in the black, and virtually all of the country's economic activity takes place in Legendary City. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. SecoNd beSt card colleCtor's national animal is the Legendary, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Second Bestness.

SecoNd beSt card colleCtor is ranked 498th in the world and 1st in Noahs Second Card Farm for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 26,149.28 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Top
1%
Most Extreme: 6thMost Valuable International Artwork: 28thRudest Citizens: 262ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 321stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 400thLargest Gambling Industry: 498thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 549thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 595thHighest Crime Rates: 630thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 653rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 666thMost Avoided: 733rdFattest Citizens: 735thMost Armed: 784thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1,233rdHighest Drug Use: 1,283rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,456thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,513thMost Politically Free: 1,519thMost Pro-Market: 1,539thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,791stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,857thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,929thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,283rdMost Efficient Economies: 2,502ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,553rdLargest Retail Industry: 2,726thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,727thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,768thHighest Average Incomes: 2,855thLargest Mining Sector: 2,863rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,969thTop
5%
Largest Insurance Industry: 3,372ndLargest Publishing Industry: 3,522ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,092ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,986thMost Cultured: 5,117thSmartest Citizens: 5,654thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,642ndMost Corrupt Governments: 11,279thMost Inclusive: 11,395thMost Secular: 11,990thHighest Economic Output: 12,278thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,566thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,071stLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,495thTop
10%
Nudest: 15,223rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,602ndHighest Food Quality: 23,759thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 24,170thLargest Governments: 29,563rd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : SecoNd beSt card colleCtor was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate and the Top 10% for Largest Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in SecoNd beSt card colleCtor, virtually all of the country's economic activity takes place in Legendary City.
  • : Following new legislation in SecoNd beSt card colleCtor, paper and ink publications are subsidised by the government to keep them in the black.
  • : Following new legislation in SecoNd beSt card colleCtor, Jennifer Government is a bestseller.
  • : Following new legislation in SecoNd beSt card colleCtor, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller.
  • : Following new legislation in SecoNd beSt card colleCtor, books are often used as kindling.
  • : SecoNd beSt card colleCtor was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : SecoNd beSt card colleCtor was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens and the Top 5% for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in SecoNd beSt card colleCtor, this year's televised Budget Forecast has been cancelled because there was already one last year.
  • : Following new legislation in SecoNd beSt card colleCtor, tax-payers are funding ever more extravagant movie projects.

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