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Most Devout: 33rdMost Efficient Economies: 38thMost Corrupt Governments: 39th
The Galactic Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Give Me Glorious Victory Or Give Me Honorable Death
Grand Emperor Vladimir Novgorod IV
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Flarbinia

Population20.229 billion

CapitalDeroth Ungol
LeaderGrand Emperor Vladimir Novgorod IV
FaithChurch Of Crulmoxius

CurrencyShark'towel
AnimalHellhound

The Galactic Empire of Flarbinia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Grand Emperor Vladimir Novgorod IV with an iron fist, and remarkable for its avowedly heterosexual populace, frequent executions, and zero percent divorce rate. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 20.229 billion Flarbinians 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 relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Deroth Ungol. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Flarbinian economy, worth an astonishing 12,372 trillion Shark'towels a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is a breathtaking 611,611 Shark'towels, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,149,774 per year while the poor average 33,065, a ratio of 125 to 1.

Sports journals are full of uplifting puff-pieces on professional boxers, street preachers sell salvation with a side order of shame on every corner, 'Mountain Doobie' is widely regarded as the nation's favourite drink, and invasive drug testing is now performed at elementary school sports days. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Flarbinia's national animal is the Hellhound, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Church Of Crulmoxius.

Flarbinia is ranked 214,886th in the world and 7,156th in Lazarus for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -32.86 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Devout: 33rdMost Efficient Economies: 38thMost Corrupt Governments: 39thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 67thHighest Disposable Incomes: 70thLargest Retail Industry: 129thMost Cultured: 138thHighest Average Incomes: 141stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 143rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 147thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 151stLargest Mining Sector: 162ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 175thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 189thLargest Insurance Industry: 196thHighest Economic Output: 308thMost Scientifically Advanced: 313thLargest Gambling Industry: 320thMost Patriotic: 366thFattest Citizens: 378thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 385thLargest Agricultural Sector: 386thRudest Citizens: 394thLowest Crime Rates: 397thMost Subsidized Industry: 410thMost Avoided: 490thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 508thLargest Governments: 547thLargest Information Technology Sector: 882ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,264thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,276thMost Armed: 1,452ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,509thLargest Black Market: 1,827thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,890thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,404thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,594thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,174thSmartest Citizens: 6,431stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6,726thLargest Populations: 7,798thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,835thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,376thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,537thMost Stationary: 19,396thMost Influential: 19,983rdLargest Publishing Industry: 20,246th
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Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 11th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 14th in the regionRudest Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Patriotic: 17th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 17th in the regionFattest Citizens: 17th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 17th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 19th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 21st in the regionMost Avoided: 25th in the regionLargest Governments: 25th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 34th in the regionMost Armed: 60th in the regionTop
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 73rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 74th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 80th in the regionLargest Black Market: 97th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 97th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 98th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 123rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 170th in the regionLargest Populations: 230th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 299th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 304th in the regionMost Stationary: 317th in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 413th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 443rd in the regionMost Influential: 494th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, invasive drug testing is now performed at elementary school sports days.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, 'Mountain Doobie' is widely regarded as the nation's favourite drink.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, street preachers sell salvation with a side order of shame on every corner.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, sports journals are full of uplifting puff-pieces on professional boxers.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, wealthy parents-to-be can select their perfect baby.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, it's a marvellous night for a moon dance as the sparks on your home start to rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, teenage girls worry that they'll be unpopular if their skirts aren't short enough.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, the secret ingredient is love (and MSG).
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, men are finding 'she spots' more easily but they can't use them.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, open-casket funerals are avoided at all cost.

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