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Highest Poor Incomes: 29thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 37thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 44th
The Union of Soviet States of
Psychotic Dictatorship Fascist Dictatorship
If it ain't broke break it.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population17.529 billion

CapitalSouth of Heaven

AnimalHouse Giraffe

The Union of Soviet States of Slaytania is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Stalinovich with an iron fist, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, strictly enforced bedtime, and avowedly heterosexual populace. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 17.529 billion Slaytanians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of South of Heaven. The average income tax rate is 99.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Slaytanian economy, worth an astonishing 11,105 trillion Strummers 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 Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. 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 633,534 Strummers, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A typical fast food menu item could serve a small army, it takes months to get the proper permits for a child's first tricycle, the national security service are a bunch of crooks, and space shuttles regularly launch rubbish into space. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Slaytania's national animal is the House Giraffe, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Stalinism.

Slaytania is ranked 243,878th in the world and 1,039th in 10000 Islands for Best Weather, with -350 Meters Of Sunlight.

Highest Poor Incomes: 29thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 37thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 44thMost Corrupt Governments: 59thLargest Black Market: 61stMost Influential: 66thLargest Agricultural Sector: 77thMost Subsidized Industry: 77thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 101stMost Advanced Public Education: 110thMost Secular: 111thLargest Insurance Industry: 115thHighest Average Incomes: 118thLargest Publishing Industry: 137thLowest Crime Rates: 259thMost Efficient Economies: 281stSmartest Citizens: 291stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 372ndHighest Economic Output: 380thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 392ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 401stMost Developed: 452ndLongest Average Lifespans: 504thLargest Governments: 537thMost Scientifically Advanced: 558thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 670thLargest Retail Industry: 702ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 753rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,000thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,219thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,419thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,769thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,833rdHealthiest Citizens: 1,847thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,878thMost Cultured: 2,240thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,303rdTop
Most Stationary: 2,786thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,885thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,035thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,429thLargest Mining Sector: 5,395thRudest Citizens: 7,997thLargest Populations: 11,164thTop
Most Authoritarian: 14,704thMost Income Equality: 16,379thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 22,613th
Largest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Governments: 9th in the regionMost Developed: 10th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 11th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 11th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 13th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14th in the regionMost Influential: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 19th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 20th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 22nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 29th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 34th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 35th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 36th in the regionMost Stationary: 36th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 37th in the regionMost Cultured: 39th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 42nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 51st in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 54th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 73rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 79th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Slaytania was endorsed by The Democratic Republic of Poliannum.
  • : Following new legislation in Slaytania, space shuttles regularly launch rubbish into space.
  • : Following new legislation in Slaytania, the national security service are a bunch of crooks.
  • : Following new legislation in Slaytania, it takes months to get the proper permits for a child's first tricycle.
  • : Following new legislation in Slaytania, a typical fast food menu item could serve a small army.
  • : Following new legislation in Slaytania, even doll houses and dog kennels have to be able to withstand rigorous earthquake testing.
  • : Following new legislation in Slaytania, a large-scale revitalization of the education system is underway.
  • : Following new legislation in Slaytania, lavish state dinners in South of Heaven are the state's leading budgetary expenditure.
  • : Following new legislation in Slaytania, pet owners must make a payment if their charges leave a deposit.
  • : Following new legislation in Slaytania, children spend all morning taking out a comma and all afternoon putting it back in again.


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