The Desolation of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Don't Get Lost
Regional Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Frightening
Economy
Basket Case
Political Freedom
Corrupted

Overview People Government Economy Trend Analysis

The Desolation of The Haunted Woods is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by the Phantom Guide with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, unlimited-speed roads, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 9.84 billion poor unfortunate souls hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt, liberal, outspoken government stops and the rest of society begins, but it is solely concerned with Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the Graveyard. The average income tax rate is 86.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but stagnant cannon fodder economy, worth 102 trillion corpses a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, extremely specialized black market in Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 10,429 corpses, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit, thousands of children die every day from easily curable illnesses, The Haunted Woods's children are widely acknowledged as the most foul-mouthed in the region, and the lowest age at which one can marry has been recently lowered to 12. 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 68th in Greater Ixnay and 119,247th in the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -13 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Haunted Woods, the lowest age at which one can marry has been recently lowered to 12.
  • : Following new legislation in The Haunted Woods, The Haunted Woods's children are widely acknowledged as the most foul-mouthed in the region.
  • : Following new legislation in The Haunted Woods, thousands of children die every day from easily curable illnesses.
  • : Following new legislation in The Haunted Woods, the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit.
  • : Following new legislation in The Haunted Woods, the government is forced to pander to the will of every fruitcake politician.
  • : Following new legislation in The Haunted Woods, the streets are ravaged by murder and violence to prove political points.
  • : Following new legislation in The Haunted Woods, military funding has been stripped back.
  • : Following new legislation in The Haunted Woods, the children of The Haunted Woods are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence.
  • : Following new legislation in The Haunted Woods, young children are regularly seen wagering pocket money at blackjack tables.
  • : Following new legislation in The Haunted Woods, the government's only official statement on the burning down of the Graveyard was that 'they shouldn't have been so careless'.

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