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Absentia

Population41.515 billion

CapitalThe Middle of Nowhere
Leaderyouse

Currencyerg
Animalcambot

The Ongoing State of Absentia is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by youse with an even hand, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, state-planned economy, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 41.515 billion Absentians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The tiny, corrupt government prioritizes Education, although Administration, Industry, and Environment are also considered important, while Spirituality and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Middle of Nowhere. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Absentian economy, worth an astonishing 23,050 trillion ergs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized black market in Information Technology, Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. 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 a breathtaking 555,239 ergs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The new 'Who Wants To Be A Politician' election debate auditions are more popular than the debates themselves, autocrats are persona non grata, curtailed social programs have left many citizens bereft of any safety net, and cheese has become the new icon of political dissent. Crime is totally unknown. Absentia's national animal is the cambot, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Absentia is ranked 3,811th in the world and 1st in CDW Federation for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 707,085 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Secular: 1stMost Scientifically Advanced: 2ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 4thSmartest Citizens: 9thHighest Economic Output: 68thHighest Disposable Incomes: 84thHighest Poor Incomes: 109thHealthiest Citizens: 112thMost Developed: 138thLongest Average Lifespans: 152ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 178thHighest Average Incomes: 219thLargest Populations: 223rdMost Inclusive: 316thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 366thHighest Food Quality: 399thLargest Publishing Industry: 488thMost Beautiful Environments: 505thMost Efficient Economies: 551stRudest Citizens: 590thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 632ndMost Patriotic: 706thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 841stMost Rebellious Youth: 842ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 848thMost Stationary: 1,058thLargest Black Market: 1,175thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,297thLargest Retail Industry: 1,390thLargest Governments: 1,629thTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 3,404thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,483rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,811thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,914thMost Cultured: 6,213thMost Influential: 8,262ndLowest Crime Rates: 8,395thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,956thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,203rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,645thSafest: 10,666thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 22,795thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 24,367thMost Corrupt Governments: 26,420th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, cheese has become the new icon of political dissent.
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, curtailed social programs have left many citizens bereft of any safety net.
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, autocrats are persona non grata.
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, the new 'Who Wants To Be A Politician' election debate auditions are more popular than the debates themselves.
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, trespassers entering youse's office are immediately vaporized.
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, regional governors use national law books as toilet paper.
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, pareidolic SETI scientists swear there's a message from aliens hidden within pi.
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, newly synthesized elements' half-lives are a million times shorter than the time it takes to say their names.
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, serial commas clarify the relationship between one's lackeys, the taxpayers, and kinsfolk.
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, children are terrified that the 'flying police monster' will come to take them away in the night.

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