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Largest Retail Industry: 6thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 113thLargest Insurance Industry: 152nd
The Corporate Theocracy of
Corporate Police State Halliburton
Santa is Watching
Influence
Powerbroker
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Merry Christmas

Population21.773 billion

CapitalChristmas Town
LeaderSanta
FaithChristmas Spirit

Currencydollar
Animalreindeer

The Corporate Theocracy of The Merry Christmas is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Santa with an iron fist, and remarkable for its smutty television, frequent executions, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 21.773 billion Christmasites are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Christmas Town. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Christmas economy, worth a remarkable 7,915 trillion dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and dominated by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Soda Sales, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 363,567 dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,784,058 per year while the poor average 42,406, a ratio of 42.1 to 1.

There's more vermin than ever on the metro, public shaming has become the favoured form of punishment, it's normal to start working life with crippling financial debt, and one year's corporation tax from three international megacorporations has funded one dozen shiny black pencils for Santa's office. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. The Merry Christmas's national animal is the reindeer, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christmas Spirit.

The Merry Christmas is ranked 6th in the world and 1st in The Arctic for Largest Retail Industry, scoring 94,706.99 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

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Largest Retail Industry: 6thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 113thLargest Insurance Industry: 152ndMost Avoided: 252ndMost Devout: 276thFattest Citizens: 279thMost Corrupt Governments: 294thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 311thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 334thMost Efficient Economies: 335thHighest Disposable Incomes: 350thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 365thLargest Agricultural Sector: 536thLargest Mining Sector: 555thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 643rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 657thHighest Economic Output: 759thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 850thHighest Average Incomes: 1,080thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,131stLargest Gambling Industry: 1,347thTop
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Rudest Citizens: 2,361stMost Subsidized Industry: 2,394thLowest Crime Rates: 2,638thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,078thLargest Populations: 5,583rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,836thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,223rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,542ndMost Stationary: 7,542ndLargest Black Market: 10,577thLargest Governments: 10,981stTop
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Most Influential: 13,136thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,793rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20,412th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, one year's corporation tax from three international megacorporations has funded one dozen shiny black pencils for Santa's office.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, it's normal to start working life with crippling financial debt.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, public shaming has become the favoured form of punishment.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, there's more vermin than ever on the metro.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, it turns out that money can buy you happiness.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, the nation has become a pariah for giving pirates letters of marque.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, mandatory state-funded classes teach Libertarianism.
  • : The Merry Christmas lodged a message on the The Arctic Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, this year's hottest seller is plenary indulgence.
  • : The Merry Christmas lodged a message on the The Arctic Regional Message Board.

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