by Max Barry

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Largest Retail Industry: 5thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 120thLargest Insurance Industry: 136th
The Corporate Theocracy of
Corporate Police State Halliburton
Santa is Watching
Influence
Powerbroker
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Merry Christmas

Population22.742 billion

CapitalChristmas Town
LeaderSanta
FaithChristmas Spirit

Currencydollar
Animalreindeer

The Corporate Theocracy of The Merry Christmas is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Santa with an iron fist, and remarkable for its aversion to nipples, public floggings, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 22.742 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 8,454 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 371,751 dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,793,522 per year while the poor average 44,799, a ratio of 40.0 to 1.

Children who can't memorize their multiplication tables are sent to the mines, families consisting of more than three people are forced to split up, the nation excels at displacement, and Tesco was recently named as the new national treasurer. 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 1,161st in the world and 1st in The Arctic for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 10,462.68 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Largest Retail Industry: 5thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 120thLargest Insurance Industry: 136thFattest Citizens: 222ndMost Avoided: 236thMost Devout: 253rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 281stMost Corrupt Governments: 297thMost Efficient Economies: 312thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 320thHighest Disposable Incomes: 321stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 375thLargest Mining Sector: 533rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 598thLargest Agricultural Sector: 628thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 654thHighest Economic Output: 712thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 777thHighest Average Incomes: 1,050thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,161stLargest Gambling Industry: 1,338thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,143rdRudest Citizens: 2,279thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 2,396thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,900thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,783rdLargest Populations: 5,511thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,185thMost Stationary: 7,196thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,525thLargest Governments: 10,240thLargest Black Market: 11,579thTop
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Most Influential: 12,725thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,887thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 21,387th
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Most Avoided: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, Tesco was recently named as the new national treasurer.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, the nation excels at displacement.
  • : The Merry Christmas was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, families consisting of more than three people are forced to split up.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, children who can't memorize their multiplication tables are sent to the mines.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, the government seizes all major gold finds.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, the native owl population is in permanent hibernation.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, the government has organised a nationwide cull of infected reindeer.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, children have lost interest in toy guns in favor of toy meth lab kits.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, Super Barry Brothers is the most popular video game in the nation.

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