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The United States of House mouse

“There's a mouse inside this house”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Weak
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Diplomat

Location: Outer Heaven

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The United States of House mouse is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Leader with an iron fist, and remarkable for its punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 5.434 billion House mouseans 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.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Defence, Law & Order, and Social Equality. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of House mouse City. The average income tax rate is 96%. The private sector is almost wholly made up of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out.

Televangelists flaunt their expensive cars when they attend charity events, new safety regulations require all cars manufactured in House mouse to be bombproof, prisons are crowded with possible terrorist suspects, and suppression of pro-democracy protests is a daily occurrence. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. House mouse's national animal is the Mouse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, its national religion is a major religion, and its currency is the mouse money.

House mouse is ranked 6th in Outer Heaven and 106,753rd in the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -16 on the Hayek Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 9 hours ago

  • 4 hours ago: Following new legislation in House mouse, suppression of pro-democracy protests is a daily occurrence.
  • 16 hours ago: Following new legislation in House mouse, prisons are crowded with possible terrorist suspects.
  • 16 hours ago: Following new legislation in House mouse, new safety regulations require all cars manufactured in House mouse to be bombproof.
  • 16 hours ago: Following new legislation in House mouse, televangelists flaunt their expensive cars when they attend charity events.
  • 16 hours ago: Following new legislation in House mouse, reporters often lose their jobs over fact-checking errors.
  • 16 hours ago: Following new legislation in House mouse, nursing mothers are often arrested for indecent exposure.
  • 3 days 16 hours ago: Following new legislation in House mouse, bicyclists are banned from major roads.
  • 3 days 16 hours ago: Following new legislation in House mouse, curtailed social programs have left many citizens bereft of any safety net.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in House mouse, the government enforces a policy of 'from each according to their ability, to each according to the available budget'.
  • 5 days ago: Following new legislation in House mouse, a fashion designer has been arrested for inciting hatred after claiming redheads couldn't pull off vermillion.

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