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Largest Retail Industry: 6thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 124thLargest Insurance Industry: 149th
The Corporate Theocracy of
Corporate Police State
Santa is Watching
Influence
Powerbroker
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Merry Christmas

Population22.265 billion

CapitalChristmas Town
LeaderSanta
FaithChristmas Spirit

Currencydollar
Animalreindeer

The Corporate Theocracy of The Merry Christmas is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Santa with an iron fist, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, complete lack of public education, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 22.265 billion Christmasites are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Christmas Town. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Christmas economy, worth a remarkable 8,187 trillion dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is fairly diversified and dominated by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Soda Sales, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 367,714 dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,902,069 per year while the poor average 38,621, a ratio of 49.2 to 1.

Polite commuters on the Christmas Town Metro always let hurried workers off the train first, employers may fire workers without giving any reason, photos of picturesque coastal buildings are set against a backdrop of smokestacks and ship hulls, and the industries of The Merry Christmas are coughing all the way to the bank. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. The Merry Christmas's national animal is the reindeer, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christmas Spirit.

The Merry Christmas is ranked 11,269th in the world and 4th in The Arctic for Largest Black Market, with 81.9 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Retail Industry: 6thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 124thLargest Insurance Industry: 149thFattest Citizens: 233rdMost Avoided: 253rdMost Devout: 255thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 307thMost Corrupt Governments: 308thMost Efficient Economies: 316thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 331stHighest Disposable Incomes: 340thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 381stLargest Mining Sector: 549thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 579thLargest Agricultural Sector: 581stMost Ignorant Citizens: 600thHighest Economic Output: 745thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 873rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,068thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,205thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,404thRudest Citizens: 2,081stMost Subsidized Industry: 2,268thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 2,537thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,842ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,083rdLargest Populations: 5,546thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,116thMost Stationary: 7,374thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,699thLargest Governments: 10,443rdLargest Black Market: 11,269thTop
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Most Influential: 12,804thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,296thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20,658th
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Largest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, the industries of The Merry Christmas are coughing all the way to the bank.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, photos of picturesque coastal buildings are set against a backdrop of smokestacks and ship hulls.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, employers may fire workers without giving any reason.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, polite commuters on the Christmas Town Metro always let hurried workers off the train first.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, traffic jams are a common sight due to construction work from a massive overhaul of the nation's freeways.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, tumbleweeds made of litter adorn city streets.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, industry tycoons rarely hide their misdeeds due to the government's habit of bailing them out.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, young girls and senior citizens alike can be spotted wearing colourful short shorts.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, the Super-Spud Cinematic Universe is breaking box office records.
  • : The Merry Christmas was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market.

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