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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 554th Most Ignorant Citizens: 960th Most Primitive: 1,142nd
The Holy Arab Republic of
Iron Fist Consumerists
This Orwell guy had some good ideas!
Salaah el-Hammad
Influence
Truckler
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Bithastria

Population6.484 billion

CapitalRiyadh
LeaderSalaah el-Hammad
FaithHammadian Islam

Currencybell
AnimalBithastrian Camel

The Holy Arab Republic of Bithastria is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Salaah el-Hammad with an iron fist, and notable for its public floggings, sprawling nuclear power plants, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.484 billion Arabs are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Riyadh. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 75.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Arab economy, worth 994 trillion bells 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, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Furniture Restoration. 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 153,369 bells, with the richest citizens earning 8.0 times as much as the poorest.

Withdrawal of support for drug addicts is leaving many with cold sweats, residents of ageing concrete tower blocks have vital renovation work stopped by Brutalism enthusiasts, colonists who were promised new lands find only war-torn devastation, and tumbleweeds made of litter adorn city streets. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bithastria's national animal is the Bithastrian Camel, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Hammadian Islam.

Bithastria is ranked 148,392nd in the world and 29th in Middle East for Most Beautiful Environments, with 3.52 Pounds Of Wildlife Per Square Mile.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 554thMost Ignorant Citizens: 960thMost Primitive: 1,142ndMost Devout: 1,204thTop
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Largest Black Market: 1,632ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,701stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,809thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,136thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,212thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,563rdMost Avoided: 2,645thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,910thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,985thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,202ndLargest Mining Sector: 3,877thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,990thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 9,756thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,977thHighest Average Incomes: 11,640thLowest Crime Rates: 12,434thMost Efficient Economies: 13,121stHighest Economic Output: 14,302ndMost Conservative: 15,030th
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionTop
10%
Most Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Primitive: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bithastria was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Bithastria was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Bithastria's influence in Middle East rose from "Vassal" to "Truckler".
  • : Following new legislation in Bithastria, tumbleweeds made of litter adorn city streets.
  • : Following new legislation in Bithastria, colonists who were promised new lands find only war-torn devastation.
  • : Following new legislation in Bithastria, residents of ageing concrete tower blocks have vital renovation work stopped by Brutalism enthusiasts.
  • : Following new legislation in Bithastria, withdrawal of support for drug addicts is leaving many with cold sweats.
  • : Following new legislation in Bithastria, it's widely agreed that to tennis players love means nothing.
  • : Following new legislation in Bithastria, soldiers' positions are given away by the glint of their bayonets.
  • : Bithastria was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector.

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