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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,408thMost Secular: 2,348thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,795th
The United Socialist States of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Unless youíre a superpower or Jodilee I donít care.
Civil Rights
Very Strong
Political Freedom

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Population208 million


The United Socialist States of Cartero is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, vat-grown people, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 208 million Carterons 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. The average income tax rate is 38.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Carterite economy, worth 18.7 trillion Sazzes 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 a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Information Technology. 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 89,879 Sazzes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Selfie stick use is a required Scout badge, former stunt pilots are unable to pass the licence test to fly a drone, government theft from poor artists to give to rich allies has been dubbed the "reverse Robin Hood" policy, and almost all of the nation's water is piped into the country from abroad for exorbitant prices. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cartero's national animal is the Nautilus, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Cartero is ranked 222,740th in the world and 12,519th in The North Pacific for Most Devout, with 2.27 Prayers Per Hour.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,408thTop
Most Secular: 2,348thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,795thMost Influential: 5,218thMost Conservative: 7,589thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,621stLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,637thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 14,391stMost Authoritarian: 14,406thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,406thSafest: 18,653rdHighest Poor Incomes: 21,204th
Largest Insurance Industry: 113th in the regionMost Secular: 114th in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 273rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 467th in the regionMost Conservative: 575th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 734th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 910th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 972nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,002nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1,041st in the regionSafest: 1,046th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,094th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1,108th in the regionMost Influential: 1,111th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1,168th in the region

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