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The Free Joy State was Condemned by Security Council Resolution # 333
Most Ignorant Citizens: 269thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 272ndMost Devout: 406th
The Petrifying Procrastinations of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Obedience is Man's Greatest Strength
Influence
Nipper
Region
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Free Joy State

Population14.786 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, orderly nation, ruled by Exalted Holiness with an iron fist, and remarkable for its public floggings, prohibition of alcohol, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 14.786 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 Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Grand Central City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 66.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Free Joyish economy, worth a remarkable 3,635 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 245,881 Sweetings, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,287,126 per year while the poor average 25,199, a ratio of 51.1 to 1.

Government statistics suggest 115% of the population love Exalted Holiness, gossip magazines have been replaced by mask catalogs, the line of people waiting for a visa interview in front of foreign embassies is typically a mile long, and soldiers are taught to throw their guns at their enemies once the bullets have run out. 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 119,158th in the world and 1,804th in Lazarus for Most Stationary, with 127.60618222088 days.

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1%
Most Ignorant Citizens: 269thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 272ndMost Devout: 406thMost Primitive: 465thLargest Insurance Industry: 597thLargest Mining Sector: 1,005thLargest Black Market: 1,117thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,366thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,371stFattest Citizens: 1,428thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,490thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,650thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,671stMost Avoided: 1,950thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,288thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,407thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,450thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,580thTop
5%
Largest Agricultural Sector: 4,055thHighest Average Incomes: 4,148thHighest Economic Output: 4,331stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5,375thMost Conservative: 5,715thMost Patriotic: 7,050thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,269thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,818thTop
10%
Most Efficient Economies: 13,391stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,648thLargest Governments: 13,894thLowest Crime Rates: 13,971stMost Authoritarian: 18,615thLargest Populations: 20,328thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 25,022nd
Top
1%
Most Ignorant Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11th in the regionMost Devout: 13th in the regionMost Primitive: 21st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 35th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 41st in the regionLargest Black Market: 50th in the regionFattest Citizens: 56th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 63rd in the regionTop
5%
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 73rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 74th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 74th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 77th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 81st in the regionMost Avoided: 85th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 107th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 109th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 114th in the regionMost Conservative: 133rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 178th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 192nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 208th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 221st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 276th in the regionMost Patriotic: 294th in the regionTop
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Most Extreme: 396th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 439th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 501st in the regionLargest Populations: 542nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 568th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 597th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 650th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 664th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Free Joy State's influence in Lazarus rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, soldiers are taught to throw their guns at their enemies once the bullets have run out.
  • : The Free Joy State was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector.
  • : The Free Joy State was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : The Free Joy State's influence in Lazarus rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, the line of people waiting for a visa interview in front of foreign embassies is typically a mile long.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, gossip magazines have been replaced by mask catalogs.
  • : The Free Joy State was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : The Free Joy State's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, government statistics suggest 115% of the population love Exalted Holiness.

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