by Max Barry

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

Regional Influence: Hermit

Location: Second Place

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SecoNd beSt card colleCtor

Population2.706 billion

CurrencyCard
AnimalLegendary

The Secondary Cards Conglomerate of SecoNd beSt card colleCtor is a massive, socially progressive nation, notable for its keen interest in outer space, irreverence towards religion, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 2.706 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, is primarily concerned with Industry, although Education and Administration are also considered important, while Law & Order and Environment are ignored. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 2.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Second Best Card Collector economy, worth 410 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 Soda Sales, Information Technology, and Gambling. Average income is an impressive 151,783 Cards, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,375,476 per year while the poor average 1,969, a ratio of 698 to 1.

Motorbike jousters live young and die fast, savvy nightclub-goers know that structurally unsound venues sell the cheapest drinks, distrust of taps has many people bathing only with bottled mineral water, and adult unemployment is rising as available jobs are filled by young children. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. SecoNd beSt card colleCtor's national animal is the Legendary, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

SecoNd beSt card colleCtor is ranked 70,882nd in the world and 1st in Second Place for Most Developed, scoring 59.87 on the Human Development Index.

Top
1%
Most Valuable International Artwork: 36thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 471stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 484thRudest Citizens: 610thHighest Crime Rates: 747thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 976thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,113thFattest Citizens: 1,240thMost Armed: 1,422ndMost Politically Free: 1,625thMost Avoided: 1,666thMost Pro-Market: 1,780thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,850thLargest Retail Industry: 2,080thTop
5%
Highest Drug Use: 2,789thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,903rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,959thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,606thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,992ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,633rdLargest Mining Sector: 8,158thNudest: 10,378thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10,426thTop
10%
Highest Average Incomes: 13,750thMost Efficient Economies: 15,638thMost Extreme: 15,686thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,626thMost Corrupt Governments: 17,234thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,066thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 19,400thLargest Insurance Industry: 19,511thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 23,647th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in SecoNd beSt card colleCtor, adult unemployment is rising as available jobs are filled by young children.
  • : Following new legislation in SecoNd beSt card colleCtor, distrust of taps has many people bathing only with bottled mineral water.
  • : SecoNd beSt card colleCtor was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector.
  • : SecoNd beSt card colleCtor was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in SecoNd beSt card colleCtor, savvy nightclub-goers know that structurally unsound venues sell the cheapest drinks.
  • : Following new legislation in SecoNd beSt card colleCtor, motorbike jousters live young and die fast.
  • : Following new legislation in SecoNd beSt card colleCtor, Leader's peyote-induced "let's all just be friends" speech is trending world-wide.
  • : Following new legislation in SecoNd beSt card colleCtor, from the highest mountain to the deepest cave - one can always count on finding a good cell signal in SecoNd beSt card colleCtor.
  • : SecoNd beSt card colleCtor was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in SecoNd beSt card colleCtor, it is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations.

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