by Max Barry

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12thMost Corrupt Governments: 21st
The Glorious Kingdom of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Dale before all. Eliminate the non-believers.
Dale Flanderlion
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population18.452 billion

CapitalFlanderlion Fortress
LeaderDale Flanderlion
FaithDale Flanderlionianism


The Glorious Kingdom of Flanderlion is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Dale Flanderlion with an iron fist, and notable for its ritual sacrifices, prohibition of alcohol, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 18.452 billion Flanderlionians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Administration, and Industry also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Flanderlion Fortress. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Flanderlionian economy, worth an astonishing 15,457 trillion denarii 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, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip 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 a breathtaking 837,715 denarii, with the richest citizens earning 5.2 times as much as the poorest.

Graverobbers claim they're acting within the interest of 'scientific preservation', CSI Forest is this year's hit new crime show, kindergartners' favourite dance move is the stop-drop-and-roll, and Dale Flanderlion signs the laws but abides by none of them. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Flanderlion's national animal is the Flanderlion, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Dale Flanderlionianism.

Flanderlion is ranked 271,220th in the world and 10,555th in the Pacific for Most Beautiful Environments, with 1.17 pounds of wildlife per square mile.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12thMost Corrupt Governments: 21stMost Patriotic: 32ndHighest Average Incomes: 37thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 44thLargest Black Market: 46thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 73rdLargest Insurance Industry: 82ndMost Devout: 90thLargest Mining Sector: 100thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 105thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 107thLowest Crime Rates: 139thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 155thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 180thLargest Governments: 197thHighest Economic Output: 204thMost Armed: 206thLargest Gambling Industry: 231stMost Efficient Economies: 245thMost Subsidized Industry: 247thHighest Poor Incomes: 288thLargest Agricultural Sector: 436thHighest Average Tax Rates: 578thLargest Information Technology Sector: 621stMost Avoided: 666thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 710thMost Advanced Public Transport: 887thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,046thRudest Citizens: 1,090thLargest Retail Industry: 1,164thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,455thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,740thTop
Healthiest Citizens: 3,447thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,536thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,222ndMost Conservative: 6,037thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,633rdMost Stationary: 8,728thMost Influential: 13,122ndLargest Populations: 13,218thTop
Most Authoritarian: 16,224th
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 11th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 17th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 17th in the regionMost Avoided: 17th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 20th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 23rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 25th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 26th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 35th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 58th in the regionLargest Populations: 66th in the regionMost Stationary: 96th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 101st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 102nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 103rd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 172nd in the regionMost Influential: 175th in the regionMost Conservative: 280th in the regionTop
Most Authoritarian: 727th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 750th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 801st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Flanderlion, Dale Flanderlion signs the laws but abides by none of them.
  • : Following new legislation in Flanderlion, kindergartners' favourite dance move is the stop-drop-and-roll.
  • : Following new legislation in Flanderlion, CSI Forest is this year's hit new crime show.
  • : Following new legislation in Flanderlion, graverobbers claim they're acting within the interest of 'scientific preservation'.
  • : Following new legislation in Flanderlion, the act of reporting blasphemy is known as 'Orthodoxxing'.
  • : Following new legislation in Flanderlion, conscientious objectors are hanged as traitors.
  • : Following new legislation in Flanderlion, anti-environmentalist dissidents must beware of government plants in their midst.
  • : Following new legislation in Flanderlion, any body part that can be cut off a person is no longer considered to be their property.
  • : Following new legislation in Flanderlion, war criminals are given full state funerals.
  • : Following new legislation in Flanderlion, the fate of the world literally rests on Dale Flanderlion's fingers.