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Most Ignorant Citizens: 3,157th Largest Black Market: 5,348th Most Cheerful Citizens: 8,611th
The Unnerving Cheeriness of
Corrupt Dictatorship
The happiest codger you'll ever see!
Codger
Influence
Contender
Cheerful Prankster
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Rare

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Codger

Population5.612 billion

CapitalCheerful Codger City
LeaderCodger
FaithHappiness

CurrencyJog
AnimalDog

The Unnerving Cheeriness of Codger is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Codger with an iron fist, and notable for its vat-grown people, ban on automobiles, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 5.612 billion Codgers are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Administration, and Social Policy. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cheerful Codger City. The average income tax rate is 62.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse a Codger economy, worth 431 trillion Jogs a year, is mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 76,858 Jogs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A survey of the nation's rivers and children has shown that pesticide levels are at an all-time regional high, kids' party bags often contain candy and e-cigarettes, ship captains always order a return to port at the slightest sign of rain, and people forget to eat because they are too busy singing Codger's praises. Crime, especially youth-related, is moderate, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Codger's national animal is the Dog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Happiness.

Codger is ranked 172,628th in the world and 6th in Bhutan for Smartest Citizens, with 0.86 Quips Per Hour.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 3,157thLargest Black Market: 5,348thMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,611thTop
10%
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,879thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,011thMost Devout: 13,338thMost Rebellious Youth: 13,856thNudest: 14,736thHighest Drug Use: 15,009thNicest Citizens: 15,709thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,081st

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Codger was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens.
  • : Codger's influence in Bhutan rose from "Negotiator" to "Contender".
  • : Codger's influence in Bhutan rose from "Auxiliary" to "Negotiator".
  • : Codger's influence in Bhutan rose from "Ambassador" to "Auxiliary".
  • : Codger's influence in Bhutan rose from "Diplomat" to "Ambassador".
  • : Following new legislation in Codger, people forget to eat because they are too busy singing Codger's praises.
  • : Following new legislation in Codger, ship captains always order a return to port at the slightest sign of rain.
  • : Following new legislation in Codger, kids' party bags often contain candy and e-cigarettes.
  • : Following new legislation in Codger, a survey of the nation's rivers and children has shown that pesticide levels are at an all-time regional high.
  • : Following new legislation in Codger, a niche industry catering to S&M enthusiasts has sprung up.

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