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Highest Poor Incomes: 9thLargest Information Technology Sector: 22ndMost Subsidized Industry: 26th
The Burman Kakistocracy of
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The Eggs, We Demand More
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Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
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Basementees

Population19.426 billion

CapitalNovus Damascus
LeaderOđinnshrafn Khagan Numerian IV Drake
FaithNahuatl

CurrencyRuncible
AnimalUrsine Phoenix

The Burman Kakistocracy of Basementees is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Ođinnshrafn Khagan Numerian IV Drake with an even hand, and notable for its ritual sacrifices, complete lack of prisons, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 19.426 billion Thu'uls are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Novus Damascus. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient K't Hu'ul economy, worth an astonishing 14,152 trillion Runcibles 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Uranium Mining, Arms Manufacturing, 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 a breathtaking 728,511 Runcibles, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The explosive fireball of the disintegrating space shuttle has devastated Cape Basementees, fifteen-year-olds cannot walk younger siblings to school without a professional Childcare and Education Certificate, criminal rehabilitation takes place in re-education centers, and hordes of unemployed lumberjacks have resorted to cutting down utility poles to satisfy their cravings. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Basementees's national animal is the Ursine Phoenix, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Nahuatl.

Basementees is ranked 270th in the world and 1st in Pax Britannia for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 103.7 Effective Tax Rate.

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Highest Poor Incomes: 9thLargest Information Technology Sector: 22ndMost Subsidized Industry: 26thLargest Black Market: 30thMost Advanced Public Transport: 40thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 57thMost Scientifically Advanced: 61stHighest Average Incomes: 64thMost Advanced Public Education: 93rdMost Corrupt Governments: 97thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 107thLargest Mining Sector: 131stLargest Agricultural Sector: 136thMost Efficient Economies: 141stLowest Crime Rates: 165thLargest Governments: 177thHighest Economic Output: 182ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 220thSmartest Citizens: 228thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 264thHighest Average Tax Rates: 270thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 310thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 482ndLargest Insurance Industry: 485thMost Developed: 524thLongest Average Lifespans: 596thMost Avoided: 650thLargest Welfare Programs: 697thMost Secular: 721stRudest Citizens: 1,819thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,857thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,995thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,011thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,046thTop
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Most Inclusive: 2,902ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,920thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,957thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,967thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,041stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,728thMost Cultured: 5,095thLargest Retail Industry: 5,412thLargest Populations: 6,804thHealthiest Citizens: 9,006thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 13,411thMost Influential: 16,990th
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Highest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionNudest: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Basementees changed its national motto to "The Eggs, We Demand More".
  • : Basementees changed its national animal to "Ursine Phoenix", its currency to "Runcible", its leader to "Ođinnshrafn Khagan Numerian IV Drake", and its motto to "I Crave More Eggs".
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, hordes of unemployed lumberjacks have resorted to cutting down utility poles to satisfy their cravings.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, criminal rehabilitation takes place in re-education centers.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, fifteen-year-olds cannot walk younger siblings to school without a professional Childcare and Education Certificate.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, the explosive fireball of the disintegrating space shuttle has devastated Cape Basementees.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, usually Novus Damascus's roads fill up with shady cops patrolling at night (Basementees has found 8 easter eggs).
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, hockey players who drop their gloves discard them on abandoned baseball mitts.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, caps with skulls on them are the height of fashion.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, Ođinnshrafn Khagan Numerian IV Drake's media campaigns take a hiatus around exam week.

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