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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,534thMost Devout: 3,131stMost Ignorant Citizens: 3,740th
The Free Land of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Worship the Night
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Fristed

Population2.707 billion

CapitalNyallison
LeaderThe Claw
FaithNight

Currencycrystal
Animalpolar bear

The Free Land of Fristed is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by The Claw with an iron fist, and remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, ritual sacrifices, and digital currency. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 2.707 billion Fristens are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nyallison. The average income tax rate is 66.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Fristean economy, worth 232 trillion crystals 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, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Trout Farming. 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 85,963 crystals, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Wedding bands come in pairs to form wedding manacles, 90% of active duty FAF personnel have been laid off and replaced by robot kill-drones, citizens living in underground cities have developed a healthy green glow, and all footpaths have tollbooths. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low. Fristed's national animal is the polar bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Night.

Fristed is ranked 204,955th in the world and 8,359th in the South Pacific for Safest, scoring 5.77 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,534thMost Devout: 3,131stMost Ignorant Citizens: 3,740thMost Influential: 3,977thLargest Black Market: 6,725thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,444thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,078thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,601stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,834thMost Authoritarian: 15,422ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,098thHighest Poor Incomes: 20,811th
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Most Devout: 76th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 139th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 186th in the regionLargest Black Market: 198th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 246th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 289th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 353rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 384th in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 435th in the regionMost Influential: 466th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 651st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 659th in the regionMost Armed: 677th in the regionMost Stationary: 710th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 758th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 820th in the region

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