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Largest Welfare Programs: 381stMost Compassionate Citizens: 622ndNicest Citizens: 665th
The Kingdom of
Left-wing Utopia
Radical Ideas to Lead the Future!
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Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Upper Ellisse

Population3.438 billion

CapitalGratuitous Cheesewheels
LeaderThe Glorious and Noteworthy Radical Cow
FaithThe Cult of Timbuktu

Currencyradical ideas-styled currency
Animalpigeon

The Kingdom of Upper Ellisse is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The Glorious and Noteworthy Radical Cow with a fair hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, anti-smoking policies, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 3.438 billion Ellisseans are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gratuitous Cheesewheels. The average income tax rate is 98.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Ellissean economy, worth 493 trillion radical ideas-styled currencies a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 143,446 radical ideas-styled currencies, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Mollycoddled youths run the country, standing on a chair to reach a top shelf is seen as evidence of narcissistic personality disorder, power stations shutting down at night has made bedtime reading tricky, and one does not simply walk into the tundra. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Upper Ellisse's national animal is the pigeon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is The Cult of Timbuktu.

Upper Ellisse is ranked 240,368th in the world and 8,216th in The East Pacific for Rudest Citizens, with 4.58 Insults Per Minute.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 381stMost Compassionate Citizens: 622ndNicest Citizens: 665thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 773rdMost Pacifist: 817thBest Weather: 928thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 993rdMost Inclusive: 999thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,048thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,375thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,448thSafest: 1,464thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,653rdHealthiest Citizens: 1,779thLowest Crime Rates: 1,993rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,999thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,018thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,158thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,356thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 2,514thMost Devout: 2,681stMost Cultured: 3,196thLargest Governments: 3,237thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,534thMost Influential: 3,987thMost Developed: 5,000thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,554thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,392ndMost Efficient Economies: 7,550thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,743rdSmartest Citizens: 9,348thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,607thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 15,746th
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Largest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 17th in the regionNicest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Pacifist: 24th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 26th in the regionBest Weather: 28th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 31st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 34th in the regionMost Inclusive: 35th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 43rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 44th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 48th in the regionSafest: 49th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 54th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 55th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 55th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 57th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 66th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 69th in the regionMost Devout: 71st in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 83rd in the regionLargest Governments: 95th in the regionMost Developed: 156th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 179th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 189th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 214th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 245th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 257th in the regionMost Influential: 268th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 302nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 312th in the regionNudest: 379th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 466th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 599th in the regionMost Stationary: 678th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Upper Ellisse, one does not simply walk into the tundra.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Ellisse, power stations shutting down at night has made bedtime reading tricky.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Ellisse, standing on a chair to reach a top shelf is seen as evidence of narcissistic personality disorder.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Ellisse, mollycoddled youths run the country.
  • : Upper Ellisse was reclassified from "Liberal Democratic Socialists" to "Left-wing Utopia".
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Ellisse, vital intelligence-gathering activities are put on hold as agents return home for seduction training and advanced poker instruction.
  • : Upper Ellisse was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Ellisse, the richest individuals apparently buy nothing but noodles and toilet paper.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Ellisse, young children are learning advanced physics to scientifically disprove the existence of Santa Claus.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Ellisse, bins outnumber trees in city parks.

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