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Most Primitive: 2,024thLargest Insurance Industry: 4,082ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,319th
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Ump95

Population2.454 billion

Currencylira
Animalkiwi

The Republic of Ump95 is a massive, orderly nation, remarkable for its ban on automobiles, public floggings, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 2.454 billion Ump95ians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Administration, with Industry, Law & Order, and Social Policy also on the agenda. The average income tax rate is 51.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Ump95ian economy, worth 230 trillion lire 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, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Retail, Woodchip Exports, 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 94,016 lire, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Burglary is widely regarded as the national sport, droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police, state media features lively debates such as whether pineapple on pizza is an acceptable topping, and record sales of 'child-whacking sticks' have been reported. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ump95's national animal is the kiwi, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Ump95 is ranked 167,812th in the world and 7,484th in The North Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 17.9 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Primitive: 2,024thTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 4,082ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,319thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,670thMost Ignorant Citizens: 7,300thLargest Black Market: 8,587thLargest Retail Industry: 10,766thTop
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Most Avoided: 11,520thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,349thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,894thLargest Agricultural Sector: 17,080th
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Most Primitive: 109th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 165th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 195th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 256th in the regionLargest Black Market: 341st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 381st in the regionMost Avoided: 443rd in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 514th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 528th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 620th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 767th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 800th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 902nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 935th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 994th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ump95, record sales of 'child-whacking sticks' have been reported.
  • : Following new legislation in Ump95, state media features lively debates such as whether pineapple on pizza is an acceptable topping.
  • : Following new legislation in Ump95, droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police.
  • : Following new legislation in Ump95, burglary is widely regarded as the national sport.
  • : Following new legislation in Ump95, remote-control hang-gliding scarecrows patrol the skies to keep songbirds from leaving the nation's borders.
  • : Ump95 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Ump95, elderly citizens regularly buy posh multimillion-lira mansions.
  • : Following new legislation in Ump95, all weapon research has been banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Ump95, the fire brigade often deal with cases of burnt toast.
  • : Following new legislation in Ump95, escargots have lost their charm ever since they started to be called 'cooked land snails'.

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