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Most Ignorant Citizens: 228thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 282ndMost Devout: 372nd
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Obedience is Man's Greatest Strength
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The Free Joy State

Population11.453 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 renowned for its closed borders, state-planned economy, and prohibition of alcohol. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 11.453 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 Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Grand Central City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 65.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Free Joyish economy, worth a remarkable 2,807 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 245,152 Sweetings, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 833,935 per year while the poor average 53,123, a ratio of 15.7 to 1.

Pre-eclampsia in pregnancy is treated with encouragement to take "long soothing walks", both criminals and civilians are DOA, the smell of napalm in the morning is usually alongside grilled Dove, and residents of ageing concrete tower blocks have vital renovation work stopped by Brutalism enthusiasts. 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 219,629th in the world and 6,928th in the Pacific for Healthiest Citizens, with 0.36 Bananas Ingested Per Day.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 228thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 282ndMost Devout: 372ndMost Primitive: 607thLargest Insurance Industry: 773rdLargest Black Market: 827thLargest Mining Sector: 1,028thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,274thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,334thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,404thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,460thFattest Citizens: 1,477thMost Avoided: 1,548thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,649thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,277thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,364thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,576thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,633rdHighest Average Incomes: 3,591stHighest Economic Output: 4,859thMost Conservative: 5,895thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,031stLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,873rdLargest Gambling Industry: 7,839thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,863rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,067thMost Authoritarian: 9,650thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 12,829thMost Efficient Economies: 13,417thLargest Governments: 13,573rdMost Influential: 14,650thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,226thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 17,520th
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Devout: 15th in the regionLargest Black Market: 17th in the regionMost Primitive: 18th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 19th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 26th in the regionFattest Citizens: 27th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 28th in the regionMost Avoided: 33rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 35th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 37th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 37th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 49th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 52nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 57th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 65th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 69th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 70th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 94th in the regionLargest Populations: 124th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 147th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 169th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 174th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 211th in the regionMost Conservative: 212th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 219th in the regionMost Influential: 226th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 315th in the regionLargest Governments: 329th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 340th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 356th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 396th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 625th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 643rd in the regionMost Stationary: 675th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 694th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, residents of ageing concrete tower blocks have vital renovation work stopped by Brutalism enthusiasts.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, the smell of napalm in the morning is usually alongside grilled Dove.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, both criminals and civilians are DOA.
  • : 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, taxpayers cringe whenever someone brings up the Former Antagonist Reparations Treaty.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, the best spies are positively radiant after completing a big mission.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, everyone suspects that everyone else is a terrorist.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, rural Free Joyers stare in awe at the bright lights of the big cities.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, no bunny expects the Free Joyish rabbit coalition.
  • : The Free Joy State was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.

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