by Max Barry

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 793rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,568thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,630th
The Dictatorship of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Depressed Nation

Population3.132 billion

CapitalDepressed Kids


The Dictatorship of Depressed Nation is a massive, efficient nation, notable for its frequent executions, ban on automobiles, and disturbing lack of elderly people. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 3.132 billion Depressed Nationians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Depressed Kids. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 74.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Depressed Nationian economy, worth 552 trillion Bits 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, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Tourism, and Cheese 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 176,545 Bits, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 603,621 per year while the poor average 37,963, a ratio of 15.9 to 1.

Romantic sunsets are no longer interrupted by explosions and monstrous roars, the people consider response to rudeness to be an acceptable casus belli, money can't buy happiness but it can buy immunity to prosecution, and people with political aspirations study how to make balloon animals. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Depressed Nation's national animal is the Money, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Depressed Nation is ranked 248,413th in the world and 9,873rd in the South Pacific for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -19 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

Largest Cheese Export Sector: 793rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,568thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,630thMost Influential: 2,322ndTop
Most Patriotic: 3,180thMost Devout: 3,316thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,022ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,401stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,231stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,855thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,946thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,655thLargest Black Market: 10,125thHighest Average Incomes: 10,200thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,170thMost Efficient Economies: 11,333rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,317thLowest Crime Rates: 12,353rdTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 13,183rdLargest Governments: 13,577thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,376thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,279thHealthiest Citizens: 15,608thLargest Mining Sector: 15,627thMost Inclusive: 17,204thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,191stMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,544thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21,510thMost Advanced Public Education: 21,530thHighest Average Tax Rates: 21,912thSmartest Citizens: 22,640thHighest Food Quality: 24,206th
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 53rd in the regionMost Devout: 69th in the regionMost Patriotic: 79th in the regionTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 128th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 130th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 134th in the regionLargest Black Market: 148th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 158th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 159th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 169th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 215th in the regionMost Influential: 222nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 249th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 255th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 267th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 306th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 321st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 339th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 344th in the regionLargest Governments: 376th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 398th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 473rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 485th in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 555th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 561st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 575th in the regionNudest: 609th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 614th in the regionMost Inclusive: 626th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 629th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 651st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 697th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 713th in the regionMost Developed: 754th in the regionMost Stationary: 798th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 837th in the regionBest Weather: 867th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 902nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 934th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 956th in the regionLargest Populations: 999th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Depressed Nation, people with political aspirations study how to make balloon animals.
  • : Following new legislation in Depressed Nation, money can't buy happiness but it can buy immunity to prosecution.
  • : Following new legislation in Depressed Nation, the people consider response to rudeness to be an acceptable casus belli.
  • : Following new legislation in Depressed Nation, romantic sunsets are no longer interrupted by explosions and monstrous roars.
  • : Following new legislation in Depressed Nation, the men in trenchcoats hanging around playgrounds are actually police officers.
  • : Depressed Nation voted for the World Assembly Resolution "International Scientific Cooperation".
  • : Following new legislation in Depressed Nation, the nation solves other countries' human rights problems with a generous dose of violence.
  • : Following new legislation in Depressed Nation, frightened witnesses and seriously ill jurors wear the same handcuffs as the defendant.
  • : Following new legislation in Depressed Nation, citizens with artificial limbs are forbidden to serve as beauty pageant judges.
  • : Following new legislation in Depressed Nation, smoking is banned in public areas.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 136 » Corgitopiaa, Holota, Pencil Sharpeners 2, Amerion, Beepee, Aidenfieeld, Concrete Slab, Tepertopia, Land Without Shrimp, Nowa Europa, Treir, Bleakfoot, Canmore, Wehraboos, Bawkie, PenguinPies, Tsunamy, Bohenia, Blondiesland, Farengeto, Rebel-topia, Holy Free, NIGHTRAY, Westenhald, Sedunn, Kiasu-ism, USNE2018, Jehenna, Volaworand, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, The SpaceNeo-Goryeo Etymological Society, Ebonhand, Herbert Island, Hong Kong Kowloon and New Territories, Sandaoguo, Kaleidescooptopia, Auphelia, Beblahbleblo, New Sanet, Danily, Anatasha, Drystar, West Pastafaria, Freedoom, Saciu, Damn Frigid Wastelands, United States of Belvaria, Shefino, Yaravia, Kringalia, and 86 others.Drew Durrnil, Indolos, The naked people, Darakin, Arvan Irawer, Hanguk-Nippon, Gonrati, Immund, Cereskia 2, Ambirich, The Haughtherlands, Arscanesia, Unojo, The Akian Islands, Society of Likeminded Individuals, Achemar, Venezia Pacifica, Kanatian Percocet, GERMAN EMPIER, Malmsia, Stephastan, Valansten, Skaladoria, A Place Somewhere, Drvonia, Chernaya Zvezda, Eleuthelrium, Omalayia, Makinius, Willing Mind, Ever Testing, Erstavik, Linguiniland, Mavenu, Donat Invadia, Andrendia, Shintoese, Mom Theate, Andinla, Karimata, Aurcania, Ipugao, Blancemon, Brazilian impero2, Weryalachiressaraxiatopia, Doriander, Goom Bay, Flumenvallis, Ostavaria, Esterwood, South Pernambuco, Leimarite Empire, New American Dictatorship, Froshar, Auviantan Outh Islands, Saint Roberts, Great Lothian, Tyrantistica, Eae, Gennaretia, Shadeth, Antwerpen1, The Imperial Of Notsep, LadyRebels, Veromia, Tyflugian, Driodal, Dupanda, Taigama, Bonobiana, Rhetiaa, Petea, Eggraria, South Pacifican Kilendjj, Nouvel Empire, Sureiya, Curlyhoward, Winlah, Lile Ulie Islands, Saint Ziana, Kurdislavic Algharbistan, Evinea, MaPetiteFille, TescoPepsi, Altnavia, and Sapoe.