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Largest Publishing Industry: 405thMost Rebellious Youth: 563rdBest Weather: 770th
The Great Pine Forest of
Liberal Democratic Socialists Open-Minded Education State
Sure, whatever...Go For It
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Thriving
Political Freedom
Superb

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Karock

Population27.548 billion

CapitalNemrocks Pride
LeaderPrime minister Jason Storm

CurrencySandstone
AnimalMockingbird

The Great Pine Forest of Karock is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Prime minister Jason Storm with a fair hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, parental licensing program, and ban on automobiles. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 27.548 billion Karockians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nemrocks Pride. The average income tax rate is 35.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Karockian economy, worth a remarkable 3,368 trillion Sandstones a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 122,275 Sandstones, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock", schoolboys who turn to watch pretty girls go by are given detention, school football matches are usually five-a-side, and Prime minister Jason Storm is considering changing the nation's name to Blackacre. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive. Karock's national animal is the Mockingbird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Karock is ranked 207,408th in the world and 439th in Forest for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -16.27 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 405thMost Rebellious Youth: 563rdBest Weather: 770thHighest Crime Rates: 774thHealthiest Citizens: 934thMost Pacifist: 1,793rdMost Beautiful Environments: 1,843rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,919thTop
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Largest Black Market: 2,110thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,347thLargest Populations: 2,684thMost Cultured: 3,230thNicest Citizens: 3,310thHighest Economic Output: 3,455thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,850thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,076thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,723rdSmartest Citizens: 4,940thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,453rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,785thTop
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Most Inclusive: 10,730thHighest Disposable Incomes: 11,222ndHighest Poor Incomes: 12,604thMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,485thMost Armed: 19,491st
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Largest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 12th in the regionLargest Black Market: 13th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 13th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 15th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 15th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 21st in the regionTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 31st in the regionBest Weather: 31st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 34th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 34th in the regionMost Pacifist: 40th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Karock, Prime minister Jason Storm is considering changing the nation's name to Blackacre.
  • : Karock lodged a message on the Forest Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Karock, school football matches are usually five-a-side.
  • : Following new legislation in Karock, schoolboys who turn to watch pretty girls go by are given detention.
  • : Following new legislation in Karock, hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock".
  • : Following new legislation in Karock, a new guerrilla marketing campaign for tap water involves government agents spraying random citizens with hose water.
  • : Karock was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed and Most Devout.
  • : Karock was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans and the Top 10% for Most Devout.
  • : Following new legislation in Karock, the acceptance of acupuncture and other alternative therapies has needled the scientific community.
  • : Following new legislation in Karock, the dish 'poisson avec poison' is only available on the black market.

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