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The Theocracy of Opodeldok

“Spirituality is the Key to Happiness”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: ZZ 9 Plural Z Alpha

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The Theocracy of Opodeldok is a gargantuan, devout nation, ruled by President Mitchell with an iron fist, and remarkable for its suspicion of poets. The compassionate, cynical population of 22.856 billion Opodeldokians 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."

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt, moralistic government stops and the rest of society begins, but it is effectively ruled by the Department of Law & Order, with areas such as Healthcare and Education receiving almost no funds by comparison. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Opodeldok City. The average income tax rate is 100%. 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.

The government is cracking down on subversive groups, military spending recently hit a new high, space shuttles regularly launch rubbish into space, and newspapers cannot report anything about politicians without their explicit consent. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. Opodeldok's national animal is the lamb, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, its national religion is Christianity, and its currency is the carbon credit.

Opodeldok is ranked 14th in ZZ 9 Plural Z Alpha and 117,667th in the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring -59 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 6 days ago

  • 2 days 6 hours ago: Opodeldok was ranked in the Top 5% of the region for Largest Public Transport Department (last census: Top 10%).
  • 6 days ago: Following new legislation in Opodeldok, newspapers cannot report anything about politicians without their explicit consent.
  • 6 days ago: Following new legislation in Opodeldok, space shuttles regularly launch rubbish into space.
  • 6 days ago: Following new legislation in Opodeldok, military spending recently hit a new high.
  • 6 days ago: Following new legislation in Opodeldok, the government is cracking down on subversive groups.
  • 6 days ago: Following new legislation in Opodeldok, Rupert Bear is considered to be the most risqué TV programme in Opodeldok.
  • 14 days ago: Following new legislation in Opodeldok, soldiers go to war dressed in cassocks and robes.
  • 14 days ago: Following new legislation in Opodeldok, frequent fliers are obliged to submit to invasive security procedures by government security.
  • 14 days ago: Following new legislation in Opodeldok, rumours have it that a secret police is responsible for the recent spate of missing persons.
  • 14 days ago: Following new legislation in Opodeldok, half of Opodeldok's doctors can't speak the language.

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