by Max Barry

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Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Average

Regional Influence: Page

Location: Second Best Card Farm

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Second Best Puppet 164

Population1.175 billion

LeaderNoah

Currencycard
Animallegendary

The Second Best Colony of Second Best Puppet 164 is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Noah with an even hand, and notable for its zero percent divorce rate, fear of technology, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 1.175 billion Second Best Puppet 164ians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. The average income tax rate is 55.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Second Best Puppet 164ian economy, worth 114 trillion cards a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 97,704 cards, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Rude retail employees are now even ruder homeless panhandlers, surfers ride tsunamis of record height and toxicity, citizens living in underground cities have developed a healthy green glow, and sofas are perpetually on sales that Must End Soon. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Second Best Puppet 164's national animal is the legendary, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Second Best Puppet 164 is ranked 38,536th in the world and 54th in Second Best Card Farm for Rudest Citizens, with 77.42 Insults Per Minute.

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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,158thLargest Retail Industry: 9,070thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,379thLargest Mining Sector: 9,814thMost Avoided: 10,453rdTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,385thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,683rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,794thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,730thMost Developed: 19,405thLargest Welfare Programs: 19,443rdHighest Poor Incomes: 20,878thLargest Black Market: 21,503rd
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionTop
5%
Largest Welfare Programs: 28th in the regionMost Developed: 32nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 42nd in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 54th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 65th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 90th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Second Best Puppet 164, sofas are perpetually on sales that Must End Soon.
  • : Following new legislation in Second Best Puppet 164, citizens living in underground cities have developed a healthy green glow.
  • : Following new legislation in Second Best Puppet 164, surfers ride tsunamis of record height and toxicity.
  • : Following new legislation in Second Best Puppet 164, rude retail employees are now even ruder homeless panhandlers.
  • : Following new legislation in Second Best Puppet 164, dealers go from pushing drugs to pushing up daisies.
  • : Following new legislation in Second Best Puppet 164, children as young as six shock their parents by coming out of the closet.
  • : Following new legislation in Second Best Puppet 164, CEOs can't hear the term 'Fire Sale' without bursting into tears.
  • : Following new legislation in Second Best Puppet 164, citizens rise at daybreak every day for mandatory exercise.
  • : Following new legislation in Second Best Puppet 164, the government baselessly accuses foreign dignitaries of being assassins.
  • : Following new legislation in Second Best Puppet 164, citizens re-mortgage their homes to buy lottery tickets.

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