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Lowest Crime Rates: 77thHighest Poor Incomes: 118thLargest Governments: 150th
The Empire of
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Population27.764 billion



The Empire of Mystery7 is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Mystery7 with an even hand, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, pith helmet sales, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 27.764 billion Mysterians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Yretsym. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Mysterian economy, worth an astonishing 12,560 trillion Pounds a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 452,417 Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Forty-year-old men are asked for their ID before watching the latest pony cartoon movies, bureaucrats close new businesses for not complying with the Penguin Packaging Index, M-SPAN viewership drops as MPs act their age, and snap elections are called over every minor impasse. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Mystery7's national animal is the Dragon, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Mysterianism.

Mystery7 is ranked 159,058th in the world and 4,228th in the Pacific for Most Politically Free, scoring 47.81 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Lowest Crime Rates: 77thHighest Poor Incomes: 118thLargest Governments: 150thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 153rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 171stHighest Average Tax Rates: 217thSmartest Citizens: 253rdHighest Economic Output: 277thMost Cultured: 318thMost Developed: 356thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 375thMost Stationary: 384thLongest Average Lifespans: 392ndMost Beautiful Environments: 483rdHighest Average Incomes: 493rdSafest: 562ndMost Efficient Economies: 603rdLargest Publishing Industry: 629thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 675thMost Inclusive: 711thMost Advanced Public Transport: 891stHealthiest Citizens: 984thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,059thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,129thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,261stMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,278thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,337thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,562ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,648thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,784thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,810thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,980thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,062ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,265thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,468thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,568thLargest Populations: 3,078thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,602ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,675thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,251stMost Secular: 7,327thBest Weather: 8,889thMost Influential: 11,760thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 18,031stLargest Agricultural Sector: 18,324thMost Income Equality: 19,258th
Largest Governments: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Stationary: 6th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 11th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 12th in the regionSafest: 12th in the regionMost Developed: 12th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 13th in the regionMost Inclusive: 14th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 16th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 19th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 21st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 25th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 36th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 37th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 41st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 45th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 48th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 49th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 52nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 54th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 59th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 63rd in the regionTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 93rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 100th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 131st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 137th in the regionMost Influential: 140th in the regionMost Secular: 188th in the regionBest Weather: 216th in the regionTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 465th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 610th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Mystery7, snap elections are called over every minor impasse.
  • : Following new legislation in Mystery7, M-SPAN viewership drops as MPs act their age.
  • : Following new legislation in Mystery7, bureaucrats close new businesses for not complying with the Penguin Packaging Index.
  • : Following new legislation in Mystery7, forty-year-old men are asked for their ID before watching the latest pony cartoon movies.
  • : Following new legislation in Mystery7, a favorite "life hack" for gap year backpackers is to pretend to be homeless for government handouts.
  • : Following new legislation in Mystery7, main battle tanks stalk the woods of Mystery7 in search of Dragons.
  • : Following new legislation in Mystery7, only adults may purchase violent video games.
  • : Following new legislation in Mystery7, economics is a shrinking field.
  • : Following new legislation in Mystery7, diplomats shake hands with their right and hide a poison dagger in their left.
  • : Mystery7 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Secular.


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