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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 463rdHighest Poor Incomes: 906thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 954th
The Eternal Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Hail to Victory, Hail to Kronos!
Kronos
Influence
Page
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Grand Elysium

Population8.197 billion

CapitalMakaron Nesoi
LeaderKronos
FaithCult of Kronos

CurrencyElysiite
AnimalEagle of Kronos

The Eternal Empire of Grand Elysium is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Kronos with an iron fist, and renowned for its infamous sell-swords, frequent executions, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.197 billion Elysians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education and Healthcare also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Makaron Nesoi. The average income tax rate is 96.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Grand Elysiumian economy, worth a remarkable 2,315 trillion Elysiites 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 black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. 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 282,515 Elysiites, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The military is researching proton packs and PK-meters to combat "unseen enemy forces", veterans in wheelchairs are left waist-deep in rice paddies to gather grain, Grand Elysiumian soldiers are assured their new ray-guns will finally power up after the next round of ominous chanting, and it's best to decline if Kronos offers to buy a round of drinks. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Grand Elysium's national animal is the Eagle of Kronos, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Cult of Kronos.

Grand Elysium is ranked 2,361st in the world and 2nd in Federation of Conservative Nations for Highest Average Incomes, with 282,515.15 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 463rdHighest Poor Incomes: 906thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 954thLargest Black Market: 1,082ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,365thMost Conservative: 1,598thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,710thMost Devout: 1,726thMost Armed: 2,034thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 2,361stMost Corrupt Governments: 2,427thLowest Crime Rates: 2,835thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,866thLargest Governments: 2,935thMost Authoritarian: 2,944thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,024thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,753rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,081stLargest Mining Sector: 4,209thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,424thMost Developed: 5,536thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,931stHighest Economic Output: 6,101stMost Avoided: 8,006thSmartest Citizens: 9,378thTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 11,881stMost Extreme: 12,553rdLargest Welfare Programs: 13,238thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,569thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14,347thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,448thMost Efficient Economies: 18,229th
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Most Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Grand Elysium's influence in Federation of Conservative Nations rose from "Shoeshiner" to "Page".
  • : Grand Elysium was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Following new legislation in Grand Elysium, it's best to decline if Kronos offers to buy a round of drinks.
  • : Following new legislation in Grand Elysium, Grand Elysiumian soldiers are assured their new ray-guns will finally power up after the next round of ominous chanting.
  • : Following new legislation in Grand Elysium, veterans in wheelchairs are left waist-deep in rice paddies to gather grain.
  • : Following new legislation in Grand Elysium, the military is researching proton packs and PK-meters to combat "unseen enemy forces".
  • : Following new legislation in Grand Elysium, the sound of office water cooler chatter has been replaced by the whirring of computer cooling fans.
  • : Following new legislation in Grand Elysium, foreign leaders who don't applaud Kronos's speeches are regarded as enemies of Grand Elysium.
  • : Following new legislation in Grand Elysium, veterans' meet-ups involve a lot of tail sniffing.
  • : Grand Elysium's influence in Federation of Conservative Nations rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".

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