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Nudest: 888thHighest Crime Rates: 1,617thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,595th
The Second Best Colony of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
2
Noah
Influence
Page
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Good
Political Freedom
Some

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Second Best Puppet 189

Population2.185 billion

LeaderNoah

Currencycard
Animallegendary

The Second Best Colony of Second Best Puppet 189 is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Noah with an even hand, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, daily referendums, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 2.185 billion Second Best Puppet 189ians 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 tiny, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Administration, and Spirituality also on the agenda, while International Aid and Welfare aren't funded at all. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7.5%.

The Second Best Puppet 189ian economy, worth 80.7 trillion cards 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 large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Retail, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. 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 36,928 cards, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 165,066 per year while the poor average 5,123, a ratio of 32.2 to 1.

Exceptionally talented workers are praised more than Revolutionary heroes, the government funds private schools for intellectually gifted children, the nation's diplomatic missives are now delivered via sniper rifle, and the line between man and woman is drawn with surgical precision. Crime is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Second Best Puppet 189's national animal is the legendary, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Second Best Puppet 189 is ranked 173,194th in the world and 303rd in Second Best Card Farm for Most Politically Free, scoring 39.81 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Nudest: 888thHighest Crime Rates: 1,617thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,595thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,747thMost Devout: 8,514thMost Avoided: 11,404thTop
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Most Armed: 12,229thMost Ignorant Citizens: 16,080thLargest Retail Industry: 17,347thMost Corrupt Governments: 20,697thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 23,342nd
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Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionNudest: 2nd in the regionTop
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 11th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 20th in the regionTop
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Most Average: 50th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 63rd in the regionMost Devout: 77th in the regionMost Armed: 87th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Second Best Puppet 189, the line between man and woman is drawn with surgical precision.
  • : Following new legislation in Second Best Puppet 189, the nation's diplomatic missives are now delivered via sniper rifle.
  • : Following new legislation in Second Best Puppet 189, the government funds private schools for intellectually gifted children.
  • : Following new legislation in Second Best Puppet 189, exceptionally talented workers are praised more than Revolutionary heroes.
  • : Following new legislation in Second Best Puppet 189, hostage-takers offer loyalty scheme points for prompt payment.
  • : Following new legislation in Second Best Puppet 189, crossing the road requires a risk assessment.
  • : Following new legislation in Second Best Puppet 189, Occam's razor has sliced to pieces any childhood belief in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
  • : Following new legislation in Second Best Puppet 189, oracles predict landslide victories for Noah for the next 50 years.
  • : Following new legislation in Second Best Puppet 189, movie producers send film critics wads of cash in their morning newspapers in anticipation of gushing praise.
  • : Second Best Puppet 189 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Avoided and the Top 10% for Most Corrupt Governments.

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