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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,166th Fattest Citizens: 4,987th Highest Disposable Incomes: 6,086th
The Confederacy of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Industry, Economy, Eternity
President Charleston
Influence
Eminence Grise
Founder
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

East Ares

Population1.829 billion

CapitalCharleston
LeaderPresident Charleston
FaithCapitalism

CurrencySword
AnimalEagle

The Confederacy of East Ares is a massive, safe nation, ruled by President Charleston with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, compulsory military service, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 1.829 billion East Aresians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Industry, Law & Order, and Education also on the agenda, while Social Policy and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Charleston. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 17.2%.

The frighteningly efficient East Aresian economy, worth 233 trillion Swords a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 127,397 Swords, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 476,139 per year while the poor average 23,873, a ratio of 19.9 to 1.

Ethnic minorities are often refused admission to some of the nation's best schools, virtually all of the country's economic activity takes place in Charleston, scenic tours are unheard of after most environmental laws were abolished, and the nation's most popular sport is sabotaging foreigners' hopes and dreams. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. East Ares's national animal is the Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Capitalism.

East Ares is ranked 95,149th in the world and 11th in The Divisive States of Quah for Smartest Citizens, with 28.93 Quips Per Hour.

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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,166thFattest Citizens: 4,987thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,086thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,553rdLargest Retail Industry: 7,269thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,544thTop
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Most Avoided: 9,301stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,576thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,393rdLargest Mining Sector: 11,852ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 12,567thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,178thMost Efficient Economies: 13,568thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,018thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,563rdHighest Drug Use: 15,726thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 15,983rdLargest Black Market: 17,166th
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in East Ares, the nation's most popular sport is sabotaging foreigners' hopes and dreams.
  • : Following new legislation in East Ares, scenic tours are unheard of after most environmental laws were abolished.
  • : Following new legislation in East Ares, virtually all of the country's economic activity takes place in Charleston.
  • : Following new legislation in East Ares, ethnic minorities are often refused admission to some of the nation's best schools.
  • : East Ares was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides and Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in East Ares, people say that smog must be good for you because of its healthy green colour.
  • : East Ares was reclassified from "Father Knows Best State" to "Compulsory Consumerist State".
  • : Following new legislation in East Ares, the Snapgram channel "Embarrassing Baby President Charleston Pics" has made President Charleston's mom a celebrity.
  • : Following new legislation in East Ares, the national sporting identity is represented by a talking burger and a singing smartphone.
  • : Following new legislation in East Ares, ships are encouraged to deliberately run aground onto East Aresian beaches.

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