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Basementees

Population19.754 billion

CapitalNovus Damascus
LeaderOđinnshrafn Khagan Numerian IV Drake
FaithNahuatl

CurrencyRuncible
AnimalUrsine Phoenix

The Burman Kakistocracy of Basementees is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Ođinnshrafn Khagan Numerian IV Drake with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, unlimited-speed roads, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 19.754 billion Thu'uls are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Novus Damascus. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient K't Hu'ul economy, worth an astonishing 14,202 trillion Runcibles 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Uranium Mining, Arms Manufacturing, and Woodchip Exports. 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 a breathtaking 718,952 Runcibles, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Jack Russells have proven to be terrible spies, the intelligence community is playing 4-D chess with an imaginary spy network, the government regularly publishes lengthy reports on its own excessive recordkeeping, and lip-readers are often left perplexed by political rallies. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Basementees's national animal is the Ursine Phoenix, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Nahuatl.

Basementees is ranked 382nd in the world and 2nd in Pax Britannia for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 6,865.67 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Highest Poor Incomes: 14thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20thLargest Black Market: 33rdMost Subsidized Industry: 35thMost Advanced Public Transport: 52ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 57thHighest Average Incomes: 70thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 72ndMost Corrupt Governments: 96thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 108thMost Advanced Public Education: 118thLargest Mining Sector: 131stLargest Agricultural Sector: 151stMost Efficient Economies: 166thLowest Crime Rates: 178thLargest Governments: 187thHighest Economic Output: 190thSmartest Citizens: 233rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 256thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 278thHighest Average Tax Rates: 304thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 382ndLargest Insurance Industry: 502ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 518thMost Developed: 574thMost Avoided: 634thLongest Average Lifespans: 657thMost Secular: 663rdLargest Welfare Programs: 837thRudest Citizens: 1,745thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,897thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,945thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,128thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,444thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,500thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,840thMost Inclusive: 2,898thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,605thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,063rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,311thMost Cultured: 5,439thLargest Retail Industry: 5,949thLargest Populations: 6,731stHealthiest Citizens: 8,236thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 12,223rdMost Influential: 15,108th
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Most Developed: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionNudest: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, lip-readers are often left perplexed by political rallies.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, the government regularly publishes lengthy reports on its own excessive recordkeeping.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, the intelligence community is playing 4-D chess with an imaginary spy network.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, Jack Russells have proven to be terrible spies.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, holidaymakers sleep curled up on the floor as hotel beds are replaced with oversized bookcases.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, fashion models are guaranteed to be 100% genuinely as anorexic as they appear on magazine covers.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, atheist missionaries spread doubt overseas.
  • : Basementees rejected a request from Northern Argaen Trade Organization for an embassy with Pax Britannia.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, colonial citizens are forced to sing the praise of the "Great K't Hu'ul Liberator".

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