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Most Subsidized Industry: 51stMost Primitive: 122ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 127th
The Territory of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Calamidad, Pan, Ficticia
Barbara Mueller
Influence
Newcomer
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Bocephus

Population8.935 billion

CapitalCarnival City
LeaderBarbara Mueller
FaithFlaccid Reflectionism

Currencytoken
Animalspider

The Territory of Bocephus is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Barbara Mueller with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, state-planned economy, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 8.935 billion Bocephusians 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 enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Industry, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Carnival City. The average income tax rate is 94.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Bocephusian economy, worth a remarkable 1,798 trillion tokens 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, highly specialized black market in Retail, Furniture Restoration, Basket Weaving, and Gambling. 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 amazing 201,275 tokens, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 770,917 per year while the poor average 36,271, a ratio of 21.3 to 1.

The new intercity submarine SSN Spider Warrior instills terror in claustrophobic travellers, the state has declared war on the environment and environmentalists by association, suburban backyards are seized by the government and turned into national parks, and the government takes agricultural advice from a wasp-themed superhero. Crime is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Bocephus's national animal is the spider, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Flaccid Reflectionism.

Bocephus is ranked 208,728th in the world and 7,316th in The North Pacific for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -15.29 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Most Subsidized Industry: 51stMost Primitive: 122ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 127thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 203rdLargest Retail Industry: 278thMost Corrupt Governments: 458thMost Avoided: 483rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 498thFattest Citizens: 615thHighest Crime Rates: 729thMost Advanced Public Transport: 764thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,132ndLargest Black Market: 1,205thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,207thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,636thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,180thMost Efficient Economies: 2,196thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,879thRudest Citizens: 3,427thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,485thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,999thNudest: 6,088thHighest Average Incomes: 6,772ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,521stLargest Governments: 9,238thHighest Economic Output: 9,845thTop
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Most Secular: 11,235thMost Armed: 11,579th
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Most Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Primitive: 8th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Avoided: 20th in the regionFattest Citizens: 22nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 23rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 23rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 23rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 29th in the regionLargest Black Market: 44th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 49th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 52nd in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 78th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 92nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 108th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 136th in the regionNudest: 171st in the regionRudest Citizens: 194th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 275th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 276th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 325th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 329th in the regionMost Armed: 331st in the regionTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 456th in the regionLargest Governments: 472nd in the regionMost Secular: 547th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 591st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 642nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Bocephus, the government takes agricultural advice from a wasp-themed superhero.
  • : Following new legislation in Bocephus, suburban backyards are seized by the government and turned into national parks.
  • : Following new legislation in Bocephus, the state has declared war on the environment and environmentalists by association.
  • : Following new legislation in Bocephus, the new intercity submarine SSN Spider Warrior instills terror in claustrophobic travellers.
  • : Following new legislation in Bocephus, the police are reluctantly destroying millions of DNA records.
  • : Bocephus was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Efficient Economies and Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Bocephus, there's a shortage of swinging hot spots as land development grinds to a halt.
  • : Following new legislation in Bocephus, a signed affidavit from a prominent anti-corruption advocate declares that he is in fact a crook after all.
  • : Following new legislation in Bocephus, hipster cyclists declare that "metal is dead".
  • : Following new legislation in Bocephus, the country is preparing for war.

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