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Most Devout: 34thMost Corrupt Governments: 40thHighest Disposable Incomes: 61st
The Galactic Empire of
Father Knows Best State
Give Me Glorious Victory Or Give Me Honorable Death
Grand Emperor Vladimir Novgorod IV
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Flarbinia

Population22.077 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 renowned for its closed borders, sprawling nuclear power plants, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 22.077 billion Flarbinians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The tiny, corrupt, 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. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Flarbinian economy, worth an astonishing 13,332 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 frequent. Average income is a breathtaking 603,901 Shark'towels, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,107,880 per year while the poor average 125,854, a ratio of 16.7 to 1.

Asking 'does my bum look big in this?' leads to 30 hours of self-esteem classes, citizens applying for their first jobs face fierce competition from the homeless, rebuilding efforts for a recently destroyed cathedral aren't expected to be completed for another century, and maximum security fish farms leave caged salmon pining for the fjords. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. 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 494th in the world and 24th in Lazarus for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 2.11 million Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Devout: 34thMost Corrupt Governments: 40thHighest Disposable Incomes: 61stMost Cultured: 127thLargest Retail Industry: 133rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 135thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 148thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 153rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 156thHighest Average Incomes: 161stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 170thLargest Mining Sector: 173rdLargest Insurance Industry: 198thLargest Gambling Industry: 203rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 220thMost Efficient Economies: 224thMost Scientifically Advanced: 291stHighest Economic Output: 314thLargest Agricultural Sector: 370thFattest Citizens: 383rdMost Avoided: 397thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 407thRudest Citizens: 448thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 494thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 547thMost Patriotic: 577thLowest Crime Rates: 733rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 819thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,127thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,131stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,153rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,161stMost Armed: 1,733rdLargest Governments: 1,814thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,825thLargest Black Market: 3,205thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,688thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,275thSmartest Citizens: 7,449thLargest Populations: 7,456thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,163rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,992ndTop
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Most Stationary: 16,521stMost Influential: 17,972ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,923rdLargest Publishing Industry: 22,418th
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Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 9th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10th in the regionFattest Citizens: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionMost Avoided: 14th in the regionRudest Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Patriotic: 17th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 19th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 24th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 30th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 42nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 44th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 49th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 56th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 59th in the regionMost Armed: 70th in the regionLargest Governments: 71st in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 112th in the regionLargest Black Market: 129th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 141st in the regionLargest Populations: 202nd in the regionMost Stationary: 278th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 337th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 363rd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 414th in the regionMost Influential: 449th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 471st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 473rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, maximum security fish farms leave caged salmon pining for the fjords.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, rebuilding efforts for a recently destroyed cathedral aren't expected to be completed for another century.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, citizens applying for their first jobs face fierce competition from the homeless.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, asking 'does my bum look big in this?' leads to 30 hours of self-esteem classes.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, parents are relieved they no longer need to help with their kids' algebra homework.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, EULAs remind customers that "Private Mode" is a browser setting rather than a promise.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, stony-faced prosecutors play loud gangster rap music during court proceedings.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, over a third of the seats in sports stadiums have been removed to make room for female-only commodes.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, heretic deviants are free to practice their deviance outside of Flarbinia.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, concussed Hellhoundball players cannot remember their lineup position.

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