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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,406th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,795th Rudest Citizens: 3,406th
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Activotal

Population2.64 billion

CapitalActivotalia
LeaderComrade Terento

Currencygolgan
Animalsnail

The People's Socialist Kingdom of Activotal is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Comrade Terento with a fair hand, and notable for its lack of airports, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 2.64 billion Activotalians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The enormous, corrupt, outspoken government prioritizes Defense, although Healthcare, Education, and Industry are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Activotalia. The average income tax rate is 88.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Activotalian economy, worth 335 trillion golgans 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, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Woodchip Exports. 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 an impressive 127,156 golgans, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

There is a growing belief that consciousness is a simulated illusion within a computer-generated reality, freed serfs and former nobles exchange awkward glances in the produce aisle, Activotalians incessantly needle their doctors for relief, and students memorise knock-knock jokes for their mandatory twice-a-term Comedy Examinations. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Activotal's national animal is the snail, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Activotal is ranked 159,317th in the world and 5,013th in Balder for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -14.49 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,406thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,795thRudest Citizens: 3,406thLargest Black Market: 4,412thMost Secular: 4,767thMost Cultured: 6,146thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,150thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,393rdHighest Poor Incomes: 7,431stTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 8,918thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,314thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,879thLargest Governments: 13,391stMost Advanced Public Education: 13,479thMost Developed: 13,747thMost Efficient Economies: 13,845thMost Politically Free: 14,538thMost Rebellious Youth: 14,957thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,776thLargest Welfare Programs: 15,785thLargest Mining Sector: 16,869th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 53rd in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 74th in the regionRudest Citizens: 102nd in the regionMost Secular: 152nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 205th in the regionMost Cultured: 211th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 264th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 311th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 323rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 335th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 454th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 496th in the regionMost Politically Free: 513th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 531st in the regionMost Developed: 538th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Activotal, students memorise knock-knock jokes for their mandatory twice-a-term Comedy Examinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Activotal, Activotalians incessantly needle their doctors for relief.
  • : Following new legislation in Activotal, freed serfs and former nobles exchange awkward glances in the produce aisle.
  • : Activotal was reclassified from "Liberal Democratic Socialists" to "New York Times Democracy".
  • : Activotal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry and Rudest Citizens and the Top 10% for Most Politically Free.
  • : Following new legislation in Activotal, there is a growing belief that consciousness is a simulated illusion within a computer-generated reality.
  • : Following new legislation in Activotal, anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper.
  • : Following new legislation in Activotal, the "feminist protest" defence is increasingly common for cases of armed robbery.
  • : Following new legislation in Activotal, droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police.
  • : Following new legislation in Activotal, East Lebatuck tests its moon rovers in the barren wasteland of rural Activotal.

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