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Most Armed: 1,140thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,157thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,454th
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The Chariot

Population7.143 billion



The Sleepy Sylence of The Chariot is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by waste with an iron fist, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, compulsory military service, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 7.143 billion wastes 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, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Industry and Education are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of waste. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.0%.

The frighteningly efficient waste economy, worth a remarkable 1,123 trillion wastes a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Soda Sales, and Gambling. Average income is an impressive 157,276 wastes, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,295,785 per year while the poor average 3,964, a ratio of 326 to 1.

Kids only know what plants are because they've seen them on the television, the government's suicide hotline now redirects callers to local tax lawyers, the government's fruit business reeks of rotting produce and corruption, and Waste-made cars tend to catch fire in people's driveways. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The Chariot's national animal is the waste, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is waste.

The Chariot is ranked 108,430th in the world and 17th in Lily for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 1,736.54 on the Edu-tellignceŽ Test Score.

Most Armed: 1,140thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,157thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,454thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,476thHighest Crime Rates: 1,574thFattest Citizens: 1,621stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,703rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,726thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,945thMost Avoided: 2,297thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,585thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,775thTop
Most Secular: 4,199thLargest Retail Industry: 4,332ndLargest Insurance Industry: 4,509thRudest Citizens: 5,440thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,147thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,373rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,830thHighest Average Incomes: 14,320thTop
Most Patriotic: 18,046thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,665thMost Rebellious Youth: 19,898thHighest Economic Output: 20,020thMost Efficient Economies: 20,699thLargest Information Technology Sector: 28,692ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 29,059thMost Valuable International Artwork: 29,205thMost Pro-Market: 30,132nd
Largest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 7th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 8th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 8th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Chariot was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • : The Chariot's influence in Lily rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : The Chariot resigned from the World Assembly.
  • : The Chariot was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : The Chariot was admitted to the World Assembly.
  • : The Chariot applied to join the World Assembly.
  • : The Chariot's influence in Lily rose from "Shoeshiner" to "Page".
  • : The Chariot's influence in Lily rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : The Chariot's influence in Lily rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : The Chariot agreed to construct embassies between Lily and Darkwood.