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The Will of The Chariot

“The stars adorn, the moon atop, the world within.”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Force

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The Chariot

Population1.611 billion

CapitalThe Seat
LeaderThe Will
FaithWillpower

Currencycard
Animalsphinx

The Will of The Chariot is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by The Will with an iron fist, and renowned for its digital currency, otherworldly petting zoo, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 1.611 billion Willed are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Industry and Education also on the agenda, while Environment and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Seat. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Willful economy, worth 227 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 Arms Manufacturing, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 141,330 cards, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 710,902 per year while the poor average 15,703, a ratio of 45.3 to 1.

Young soldiers are shocked to discover there are no 'safe spaces' on a battlefield, the automotive industry soaks up huge government handouts, the military recognizes no difference between male and female soldiers, and drivers regularly pull over for nonexistent police cars. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The Chariot's national animal is the sphinx, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Willpower.

The Chariot is ranked 161,251st in the world and 143rd in Force for Most Cultured, scoring 57 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

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Highest Crime Rates: 1,395thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,468thTop
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Fattest Citizens: 1,792ndMost Armed: 1,847thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,233rdLargest Gambling Industry: 2,433rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,614thMost Avoided: 3,064thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,132ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,322ndRudest Citizens: 3,334thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,534thLargest Retail Industry: 3,896thLargest Insurance Industry: 4,752ndMost Corrupt Governments: 8,207thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 8,800thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,392ndHighest Drug Use: 11,433rdMost Pro-Market: 12,256thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,281stMost Rebellious Youth: 13,770thHighest Average Incomes: 14,493rd
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 6th in the regionTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 8th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 10th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 12th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the region

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