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Most Devout: 3,442ndMost Authoritarian: 15,469th
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Knights Mare Nostrum

Population4.886 billion

CapitalValetta
LeaderGrandmaster Baldassar Cagliares
FaithNostrumic Catholicism

Currencydenarius
Animalpegasus

The Holy Order of Knights Mare Nostrum is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Grandmaster Baldassar Cagliares with an iron fist, and remarkable for its prohibition of alcohol, public floggings, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 4.886 billion Nostrumiae are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Valetta. The average income tax rate is 54.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Nostrumic economy, worth 200 trillion denarii a year, is highly specialized and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Book Publishing, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 41,124 denarii, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Giant no-kill traps baited with Bapst Red Ribbon and vintage bicycles have been popping up in back alleys nationwide, meetings are often scheduled for "about four-ish" following complete conversion to sundials, nose plugs are the latest Nostrumic fashion accessory, and history textbook pages are used as impromptu tissues by distraught students. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Knights Mare Nostrum's national animal is the pegasus, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Nostrumic Catholicism.

Knights Mare Nostrum is ranked 152,125th in the world and 5,698th in Lazarus for Most Pro-Market, scoring 26.56 on the Rand Index.

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Most Devout: 3,442ndTop
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National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Knights Mare Nostrum, history textbook pages are used as impromptu tissues by distraught students.
  • : Following new legislation in Knights Mare Nostrum, nose plugs are the latest Nostrumic fashion accessory.
  • : Following new legislation in Knights Mare Nostrum, meetings are often scheduled for "about four-ish" following complete conversion to sundials.
  • : Following new legislation in Knights Mare Nostrum, giant no-kill traps baited with Bapst Red Ribbon and vintage bicycles have been popping up in back alleys nationwide.
  • : Following new legislation in Knights Mare Nostrum, babies are a small but significant export.
  • : Following new legislation in Knights Mare Nostrum, schoolchildren are arrested for possessing sidewalk chalk without a permit.
  • : Following new legislation in Knights Mare Nostrum, trying to toast marshmallows in an electric fireplace just isn't the same.
  • : Following new legislation in Knights Mare Nostrum, shouting contests are an important part of government job interviews.
  • : Following new legislation in Knights Mare Nostrum, chalkboards are replaced with billboards in the classroom.
  • : Following new legislation in Knights Mare Nostrum, several inches are being added to first class seating.

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