Highest Crime Rates: 28th Highest Drug Use: 39th Most Armed: 62nd
The Desolation of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Don't Get Lost
the Phantom Guide
Regional Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Imploded
Political Freedom
Widely Abused

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The Desolation of The Haunted Woods is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by the Phantom Guide with a fair hand, and notable for its deadly medical pandemics, ritual sacrifices, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 11.471 billion Blind Followers hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The minute, corrupt, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the Graveyard. Income tax is unheard of.

The sizeable but stagnant Superstitious economy, worth 35.3 trillion corpses a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 3,080 corpses, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 8,706 per year while the poor average 871, a ratio of 10.0 to 1.

The public health bureaucracy is wrapped in miles of red tape, prudishness is on the way out, anti-government web sites are springing up, and a government program is underway to revitalize The Haunted Woods's beaches. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The Haunted Woods's national animal is the Will O' the Wisp, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is the Afterlife.

The Haunted Woods is ranked 181,669th in the world and 114th in Forest for Most Primitive, scoring -218.29 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Highest Crime Rates: 28thHighest Drug Use: 39thMost Armed: 62ndBest Weather: 71stMost Ignorant Citizens: 127thMost Rebellious Youth: 147thMost Beautiful Environments: 148thMost Cheerful Citizens: 246thLongest Average Lifespans: 575thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 645thMost Cultured: 1,210thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,954thMost Politically Free: 2,546thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,916thMost Devout: 3,674thRudest Citizens: 4,284thNicest Citizens: 5,215thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,216thLargest Populations: 8,710thTop
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Nudest: 9,889thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 18,973rd
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Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 6th in the regionMost Politically Free: 6th in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 8th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 13th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Haunted Woods, a government program is underway to revitalize The Haunted Woods's beaches.
  • : Following new legislation in The Haunted Woods, anti-government web sites are springing up.
  • : The Haunted Woods was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.
  • : Following new legislation in The Haunted Woods, prudishness is on the way out.
  • : Following new legislation in The Haunted Woods, the public health bureaucracy is wrapped in miles of red tape.
  • : Following new legislation in The Haunted Woods, elections have become procedural nightmares due to voters persistently rejecting candidates.
  • : Following new legislation in The Haunted Woods, space shuttles regularly launch rubbish into space.
  • : Following new legislation in The Haunted Woods, people are now classified as male, female, or genderqueer.
  • : Following new legislation in The Haunted Woods, the government is giving peace a chance.
  • : Following new legislation in The Haunted Woods, elevator music has been replaced by thrash metal played at maximum volume.

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