by Max Barry

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Largest Retail Industry: 155th Largest Gambling Industry: 228th Fattest Citizens: 229th
The Oppressed Peoples of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Authority Through Compliance
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population4.879 billion

LeaderAyub Mirzapur


The Oppressed Peoples of Ironfistan is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Ayub Mirzapur with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, unlimited-speed roads, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.879 billion Ironfistanis are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, with Environment and Welfare not funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mizjarabad. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Ironfistanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,505 trillion rupees a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Information Technology, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 308,578 rupees, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,514,224 per year while the poor average 35,992, a ratio of 42.1 to 1.

Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal, chrome-clad space marines are such stuff that dreams are made on, Dogman-branded weapons are all the rage in the militaristic comic-book community, and seafood restaurants assure customers 'If it lives in the sea, it's on our menu'. Crime is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Ironfistan's national animal is the Ox, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Ironfistan is ranked 155th in the world and 2nd in The East Pacific for Largest Retail Industry, scoring 51,331.99 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

Largest Retail Industry: 155thLargest Gambling Industry: 228thFattest Citizens: 229thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 246thMost Avoided: 264thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 321stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 483rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 509thRudest Citizens: 537thHighest Disposable Incomes: 557thMost Armed: 571stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 593rdHighest Crime Rates: 646thMost Corrupt Governments: 660thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 727thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 911thLargest Insurance Industry: 933rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 977thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,048thLargest Mining Sector: 1,301stHighest Average Incomes: 1,461stTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,287thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,910thNudest: 4,022ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,122ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,271stMost Devout: 5,727thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 7,881stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,602ndHighest Economic Output: 8,771stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,550th
Largest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionFattest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Armed: 9th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9th in the regionRudest Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 10th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 10th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 14th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 15th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 19th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 25th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 28th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 44th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 71st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 92nd in the regionNudest: 94th in the regionMost Devout: 124th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 128th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 133rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 143rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 164th in the regionLargest Black Market: 227th in the regionMost Stationary: 256th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 353rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 372nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 492nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 569th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ironfistan, seafood restaurants assure customers 'If it lives in the sea, it's on our menu'.
  • : Following new legislation in Ironfistan, Dogman-branded weapons are all the rage in the militaristic comic-book community.
  • : Following new legislation in Ironfistan, chrome-clad space marines are such stuff that dreams are made on.
  • : Following new legislation in Ironfistan, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in Ironfistan, thousands of citizens have been evicted from their homes so as 'not to cause a fuss' on the international scene.
  • : Following new legislation in Ironfistan, large areas of Ironfistan are not accessible by the public.
  • : Following new legislation in Ironfistan, the country has been 'going shopping' by annexing nearby nations for their resources.
  • : Following new legislation in Ironfistan, it's a common sight to see angry commuters with grenade launchers mounted on their vehicles.
  • : Following new legislation in Ironfistan, Ox is one of the most popular forenames in Ironfistan.
  • : Following new legislation in Ironfistan, the Finance Ministry posts hourly updates on where taxpayer money is spent.


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