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Most Primitive: 4,672ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 8,350thMost Rebellious Youth: 13,220th
The Striked Union of
Corrupt Dictatorship
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Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Good
Political Freedom
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Number 48

Population623 million

CapitalĂmstown

Currencybong
Animaldolphin

The Striked Union of Number 48 is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 623 million Number 48ians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ămstown. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 78.0%.

The Number 48ian economy, worth 22.7 trillion bongs a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Uranium Mining industry, with significant contributions from Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 36,396 bongs, with the richest citizens earning 5.8 times as much as the poorest.

The government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene, a fashion designer has been arrested for inciting hatred after claiming redheads couldn't pull off vermillion, foreign heads of state have taken out restraining orders against Number 48ian ambassadors, and cigarettes are dead-cheap. Crime is relatively low, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Number 48's national animal is the dolphin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Number 48 is ranked 175,791st in the world and 174th in Empire of Great Britain for Most Developed, scoring 52.1 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Rebellious Youth: 13,220thHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,577thBest Weather: 22,499thMost Advanced Public Transport: 23,957th
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Primitive: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 11th in the regionMost Armed: 14th in the regionBest Weather: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 17th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 19th in the regionLargest Black Market: 20th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 21st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 21st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Number 48 lodged a message on the Empire of Great Britain Regional Message Board.
  • : Number 48 lodged a message on the Empire of Great Britain Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Number 48, cigarettes are dead-cheap.
  • : Following new legislation in Number 48, foreign heads of state have taken out restraining orders against Number 48ian ambassadors.
  • : Following new legislation in Number 48, a fashion designer has been arrested for inciting hatred after claiming redheads couldn't pull off vermillion.
  • : Following new legislation in Number 48, the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene.
  • : Number 48's influence in Empire of Great Britain rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Following new legislation in Number 48, there is a 'turn around' sign at every border entrance.
  • : Following new legislation in Number 48, there is a disproportionate number of poor people in prison.
  • : Following new legislation in Number 48, the best-of-the-best athletes have been replaced by the best-of-the-mediocre.

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