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The Void Conglomerate of Sticks and Skulls

“The last motto was stupid.”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: 10000 Islands

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The Void Conglomerate of Sticks and Skulls is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by the Wings of Aether with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls. Its hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 3.411 billion have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defence, and the Environment. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Icathia. The average income tax rate is 39%, but much higher for the wealthy. 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.

Elections are outlawed and a hairstylist has recently received a government appointment, thousands of former welfare recipients are in a revolutionary uproar as the rest of society is enjoying a hefty tax break, Animal Liberationists are regularly jailed, and citizens are allowed to rise or fall based on their own merits. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. Sticks and Skulls's national animal is the Skeleton, which is also the nation's favorite main course, its national religion is Wing Zero, and its currency is the Voidle.

Sticks and Skulls is ranked 999th in 10000 Islands and 117,717th in the world for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -8 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 12 hours ago

  • 8 hours ago: Following new legislation in Sticks and Skulls, citizens are allowed to rise or fall based on their own merits.
  • 1 day 8 hours ago: Following new legislation in Sticks and Skulls, Animal Liberationists are regularly jailed.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Sticks and Skulls, thousands of former welfare recipients are in a revolutionary uproar as the rest of society is enjoying a hefty tax break.
  • 6 days ago: Following new legislation in Sticks and Skulls, elections are outlawed and a hairstylist has recently received a government appointment.
  • 6 days ago: Following new legislation in Sticks and Skulls, buses are widely regarded as the safest way to travel.
  • 6 days ago: Sticks and Skulls was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens (last census: Top 5%).
  • 8 days ago: Following new legislation in Sticks and Skulls, it is illegal for police officers to carry out searches due to strict privacy laws.
  • 12 days ago: Following new legislation in Sticks and Skulls, the airship business has been driven out of the country by strict regulations and high fines.
  • 12 days ago: Following new legislation in Sticks and Skulls, all new "spies" are fifteen-year-old acne-ridden kids on computers.
  • 14 days ago: Following new legislation in Sticks and Skulls, college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys.

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