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Most Ignorant Citizens: 232ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 266thMost Devout: 391st
The Petrifying Procrastinations of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
Obedience is Man's Greatest Strength
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The Free Joy State

Population9.849 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 colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Exalted Holiness with an iron fist, and notable for its aversion to nipples, rampant corporate plagiarism, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.849 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 Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Grand Central City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 62.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Free Joyish economy, worth a remarkable 2,338 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 237,476 Sweetings, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,341,823 per year while the poor average 20,636, a ratio of 65.0 to 1.

Pater Maxxmas is said to deliver self-judgment rather than silver jewellery, no-one can foil the ambitions of Big Aluminium, truancy officers have a hard time catching children trained in advanced camouflage skills, and the nation's orphanages and maternity wards have been nicknamed 'the Killbot Factories'. 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 159,718th in the world and 6,755th in the Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 47.69 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 232ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 266thMost Devout: 391stMost Primitive: 556thLargest Insurance Industry: 797thLargest Black Market: 873rdLargest Mining Sector: 941stMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,196thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,280thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,362ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,383rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,407thFattest Citizens: 1,538thMost Avoided: 1,542ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,605thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,990thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,327thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,658thHighest Average Incomes: 3,782ndMost Conservative: 4,469thHighest Economic Output: 5,535thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,940thLargest Gambling Industry: 6,894thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,309thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,427thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,984thTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,975thMost Authoritarian: 11,032ndMost Efficient Economies: 11,530thLargest Governments: 13,256thLowest Crime Rates: 13,274thMost Influential: 13,713thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 15,185thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,091st
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9th in the regionMost Devout: 13th in the regionMost Primitive: 16th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 20th in the regionLargest Black Market: 20th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 22nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 23rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 28th in the regionMost Avoided: 29th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 30th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 33rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 36th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 40th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 41st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 49th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 60th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 60th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 75th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 100th in the regionLargest Populations: 127th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 155th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 160th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 162nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 175th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 200th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 222nd in the regionMost Influential: 240th in the regionMost Conservative: 269th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 282nd in the regionLargest Governments: 321st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 355th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 441st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 585th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 632nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 647th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 752nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 762nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, the nation's orphanages and maternity wards have been nicknamed 'the Killbot Factories'.
  • : The Free Joy State altered its national flag.
  • : The Free Joy State was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, truancy officers have a hard time catching children trained in advanced camouflage skills.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, no-one can foil the ambitions of Big Aluminium.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, Pater Maxxmas is said to deliver self-judgment rather than silver jewellery.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, diplomats shake hands with their right and hide a poison dagger in their left.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, the nation's black ops are starting to get on people's nerves.
  • : The Free Joy State was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, Free Joyers are wondering where have all the flowers gone.

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