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The Holy Empire of Poolplayers

“Old Pool Player's Never Die - Their Cue's get Limp ”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Balder

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The Holy Empire of Poolplayers is a gargantuan, economically powerful nation, ruled by Lord Long Rake with an iron fist, and renowned for its suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 22.561 billion Poolplayersians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt government stops and the rest of society begins, but it is effectively ruled by the Department of Law & Order, with areas such as Social Welfare and Religion & Spirituality receiving almost no funds by comparison. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Corner Pocket. The average income tax rate is 100%. A powerhouse of a private sector is dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry.

Children have taken to using semaphore in light of the recent mobile phone ban, a cyber-war between file sharers and the music industry formats hard drives across the country, citizens are regularly arrested in queues for 'loitering', and new safety regulations require all cars manufactured in Poolplayers to be bombproof. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Poolplayers's national animal is the Gopher, which is also the nation's favorite main course, its national religion is The Order of The Green Felt, and its currency is the 8 Ball.

Poolplayers is ranked 4th in Balder and 214th in the world for Lowest Unemployment Rates, scoring 1,680 on the Workforce Participation Versus Theoretical Maximum Metric.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 17 hours ago

  • 2 hours ago: Poolplayers was ranked in the Top 1% of the region for Lowest Unemployment Rates.
  • 15 hours ago: Following new legislation in Poolplayers, new safety regulations require all cars manufactured in Poolplayers to be bombproof.
  • 15 hours ago: Following new legislation in Poolplayers, citizens are regularly arrested in queues for 'loitering'.
  • 15 hours ago: Following new legislation in Poolplayers, a cyber-war between file sharers and the music industry formats hard drives across the country.
  • 15 hours ago: Following new legislation in Poolplayers, children have taken to using semaphore in light of the recent mobile phone ban.
  • 1 day 2 hours ago: Poolplayers was ranked in the Top 1% of the region for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • 2 days 15 hours ago: Following new legislation in Poolplayers, the government encourages conflict abroad to increase arms sales.
  • 2 days 15 hours ago: Following new legislation in Poolplayers, tourists outnumber citizens two to one.
  • 2 days 15 hours ago: Following new legislation in Poolplayers, anyone who so much as frowns is referred to a mental health unit.
  • 2 days 15 hours ago: Following new legislation in Poolplayers, jails have become colloquially known as 'vampire houses'.

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