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The Free Joy State was Condemned by Security Council Resolution # 333
Most Ignorant Citizens: 235thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 299thMost Devout: 356th
The Petrifying Procrastinations of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Obedience is Man's Greatest Strength
Influence
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Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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The Free Joy State

Population11.936 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 notable for its enslaved workforce, disturbing lack of elderly people, and avant-garde cinema. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 11.936 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 64.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Free Joyish economy, worth a remarkable 2,907 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 243,613 Sweetings, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,096,258 per year while the poor average 33,397, a ratio of 32.8 to 1.

The relatives of suicide victims tend to be angry rather than sad, pre-eclampsia in pregnancy is treated with encouragement to take "long soothing walks", prisoners pray grey skies are gonna clear up, and children who believe in the tooth fairy are frequently shipped off to Bigtopia. 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 7,052nd in the world and 158th in the Pacific for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 5,991.58 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 235thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 299thMost Devout: 356thMost Primitive: 579thLargest Insurance Industry: 758thLargest Black Market: 932ndLargest Mining Sector: 1,073rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,139thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,300thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,304thFattest Citizens: 1,379thMost Avoided: 1,469thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,494thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,592ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,797thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,395thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,471stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,643rdHighest Average Incomes: 3,671stLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,311thHighest Economic Output: 4,805thMost Conservative: 5,414thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,052ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,092ndLargest Gambling Industry: 8,852ndMost Subsidized Industry: 10,764thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 13,005thLowest Crime Rates: 13,143rdLargest Governments: 13,450thMost Influential: 14,256thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,254thMost Authoritarian: 15,625thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 18,865thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 21,661stLargest Populations: 22,242nd
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 10th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11th in the regionMost Primitive: 13th in the regionMost Devout: 13th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 20th in the regionLargest Black Market: 20th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 24th in the regionFattest Citizens: 26th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 27th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 28th in the regionMost Avoided: 34th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 36th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 41st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 42nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 46th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 54th in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 62nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 63rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 67th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 99th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 108th in the regionLargest Populations: 118th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 158th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 179th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 190th in the regionMost Conservative: 199th in the regionMost Influential: 217th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 221st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 249th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 280th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 302nd in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 329th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 349th in the regionMost Extreme: 476th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 548th in the regionMost Stationary: 583rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 593rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 601st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, children who believe in the tooth fairy are frequently shipped off to Bigtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, prisoners pray grey skies are gonna clear up.
  • : 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, the relatives of suicide victims tend to be angry rather than sad.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, public shaming has become the favoured form of punishment.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, the military is plagued with unethical researchers.
  • : The Free Joy State was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, real chickens replace rooster weather vanes on inner-city rooftop gardens.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, The Free Joy State isn't what it used to be.
  • : The Free Joy State altered its national flag.

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