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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,400th Highest Drug Use: 1,442nd Most Influential: 1,443rd
The Free and Happy Republic of
Left-wing Utopia Utopia
Peace and happiness for all!
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Frightening
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Widely Abused

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Artemizistan

Population3.18 billion

CapitalArtemis City
LeaderThe Happy Man

Currencyartem
Animalplatypus

The Free and Happy Republic of Artemizistan is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by The Happy Man with a fair hand, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, keen interest in outer space, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 3.18 billion Artemizistanis are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, corrupt, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Artemis City. The average income tax rate is 97.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Artemizistani economy, worth 683 trillion artems 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 black market in Tourism, Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. 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 an amazing 215,007 artems, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The state believes that nature-oriented summer camps will somehow solve youth crime, Platypus is one of the most popular forenames in Artemizistan, the government sends submarines to retrieve bodies from shipwrecked submarines, and gossip magazines have pictures of The Happy Man sunbathing on the beach with political rivals. Crime is totally unknown. Artemizistan's national animal is the platypus, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Artemizistan is ranked 168,487th in the world and 9,141st in The North Pacific for Least Corrupt Governments, with 25.84 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,400thHighest Drug Use: 1,442ndMost Influential: 1,443rdMost Subsidized Industry: 1,620thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 1,937thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,371stMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,476thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,663rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,731stLargest Governments: 2,810thRudest Citizens: 2,861stLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,962ndMost Advanced Public Education: 3,204thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,361stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,392ndMost Cultured: 3,474thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,591stLargest Black Market: 3,640thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,862ndMost Extensive Civil Rights: 3,865thMost Developed: 4,042ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,256thHighest Average Incomes: 4,607thMost Efficient Economies: 5,188thSmartest Citizens: 5,422ndMost Politically Free: 5,468thLowest Crime Rates: 6,255thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,279thNudest: 6,662ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,890thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 8,684thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,122ndMost Inclusive: 9,810thMost Extreme: 13,609thMost Secular: 15,095thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,432ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16,786th
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Highest Drug Use: 15th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 56th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 59th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 80th in the regionMost Politically Free: 87th in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 93rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 95th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 110th in the regionLargest Black Market: 113th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 113th in the regionLargest Governments: 129th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 132nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 133rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 145th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 152nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 162nd in the regionMost Cultured: 162nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 163rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 165th in the regionRudest Citizens: 166th in the regionNudest: 208th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 215th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 221st in the regionMost Developed: 230th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 245th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 289th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 310th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 371st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 372nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 463rd in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 505th in the regionMost Inclusive: 577th in the regionMost Influential: 604th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 644th in the regionMost Extreme: 644th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 774th in the regionMost Secular: 775th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 825th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 870th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Artemizistan, gossip magazines have pictures of The Happy Man sunbathing on the beach with political rivals.
  • : Following new legislation in Artemizistan, the government sends submarines to retrieve bodies from shipwrecked submarines.
  • : Following new legislation in Artemizistan, Platypus is one of the most popular forenames in Artemizistan.
  • : Following new legislation in Artemizistan, the state believes that nature-oriented summer camps will somehow solve youth crime.
  • : Artemizistan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Artemizistan, commuters often break into synchronised para-para dancing for no reason at all.
  • : Following new legislation in Artemizistan, the government's economic policy can be summed up as "Abort, Retry, Fail?".
  • : Following new legislation in Artemizistan, nuclear warheads are frequently launched into space as a warning to invading meteoroids.
  • : Following new legislation in Artemizistan, public footpaths are being slowly eroded by the burgeoning number of ramblers.
  • : Following new legislation in Artemizistan, the military perceives nations hit by natural disasters as "easy pickings".

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