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The Free Joy State was Condemned by Security Council Resolution # 333
Most Ignorant Citizens: 239thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 277thMost Devout: 357th
The Petrifying Procrastinations of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Obedience is Man's Greatest Strength
Influence
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Region
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Free Joy State

Population12.196 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 prohibition of alcohol, lack of airports, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 12.196 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, although Spirituality, Industry, and Law & Order are also considered important, 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 2,989 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 239,348th in the world and 6,395th in the Pacific for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring -7.75 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 239thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 277thMost Devout: 357thMost Primitive: 394thLargest Insurance Industry: 790thLargest Black Market: 930thLargest Mining Sector: 962ndMost Corrupt Governments: 1,303rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,310thFattest Citizens: 1,368thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,378thMost Avoided: 1,405thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,468thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,712thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,914thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,347thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,399thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,590thHighest Average Incomes: 3,681stLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,723rdHighest Economic Output: 4,756thMost Conservative: 4,819thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,325thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,849thLargest Gambling Industry: 9,987thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,513thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 12,716thLowest Crime Rates: 12,735thLargest Governments: 13,483rdMost Influential: 14,086thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,092ndMost Authoritarian: 14,874thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 22,154thLargest Populations: 23,124thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 23,277th
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Primitive: 10th in the regionMost Devout: 13th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 21st in the regionLargest Black Market: 21st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 25th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 26th in the regionFattest Citizens: 26th in the regionMost Avoided: 34th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 35th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 36th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 43rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 51st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 52nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 54th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 64th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 65th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 67th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 101st in the regionLargest Populations: 116th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 125th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 193rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 207th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 207th in the regionMost Conservative: 210th in the regionMost Influential: 216th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 230th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 291st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 296th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 319th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 343rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 348th in the regionMost Stationary: 560th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 585th in the regionMost Extreme: 608th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Free Joy State was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : 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.

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