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The Free Joy State was Condemned by Security Council Resolution # 333
Most Ignorant Citizens: 232ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 277thMost Devout: 356th
The Petrifying Procrastinations of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
Obedience is Man's Greatest Strength
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Civil Rights
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The Free Joy State

Population11.988 billion

CapitalGrand Central City
LeaderExalted Holiness
FaithThe True Church of the Exalted Holiness

CurrencySweeting
AnimalDove

The Petrifying Procrastinations of The Free Joy State is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Exalted Holiness with an iron fist, and remarkable for its disturbing lack of elderly people, infamous sell-swords, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 11.988 billion Free Joyers are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Spirituality, Industry, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Welfare and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Grand Central City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 64.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Free Joyish economy, worth a remarkable 2,938 trillion Sweetings 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, Woodchip Exports, Uranium Mining, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. 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 an amazing 245,088 Sweetings, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,083,464 per year while the poor average 34,683, a ratio of 31.2 to 1.

Police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom, above The Free Joy State there is only sky and the fear of the unknown, the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry, and citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over The Free Joy State. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. The Free Joy State's national animal is the Dove, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The True Church of the Exalted Holiness.

The Free Joy State is ranked 1,179th in the world and 40th in the Pacific for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 405.52 Bank.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 232ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 277thMost Devout: 356thMost Primitive: 403rdLargest Insurance Industry: 786thLargest Black Market: 921stLargest Mining Sector: 958thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,179thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,292ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,304thFattest Citizens: 1,369thMost Avoided: 1,406thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,472ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,645thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,879thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,305thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,403rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,536thHighest Average Incomes: 3,628thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,606thHighest Economic Output: 4,774thMost Conservative: 5,230thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,284thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,480thLargest Gambling Industry: 9,460thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,828thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 12,743rdMost Efficient Economies: 13,056thLargest Governments: 13,353rdMost Influential: 14,241stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,809thMost Authoritarian: 15,220thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 21,080thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 22,089thLargest Populations: 22,237th
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 10th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10th in the regionMost Primitive: 11th in the regionMost Devout: 13th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 20th in the regionLargest Black Market: 21st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 22nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 24th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 25th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 29th in the regionMost Avoided: 32nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 36th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 40th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 40th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 48th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 56th in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 62nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 62nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 65th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 99th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 114th in the regionLargest Populations: 117th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 191st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 197th in the regionMost Conservative: 197th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 199th in the regionMost Influential: 217th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 219th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 261st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 283rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 300th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 331st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 340th in the regionMost Extreme: 545th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 555th in the regionMost Stationary: 576th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 604th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Free Joy State was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over The Free Joy State.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, above The Free Joy State there is only sky and the fear of the unknown.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, children who believe in the tooth fairy are frequently shipped off to Bigtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, prisoners pray grey skies are gonna clear up.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, pre-eclampsia in pregnancy is treated with encouragement to take "long soothing walks".
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, the relatives of suicide victims tend to be angry rather than sad.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, public shaming has become the favoured form of punishment.

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