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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 263rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 330thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 332nd
The Number 341 Military Power of
Psychotic Dictatorship
MWAHAHAHAHA!
Influence
Superpower
Official Puppet
Region
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Ghost Land

Population9.346 billion

CapitalSpookville
LeaderKing Warlock Ghost VI
FaithSpookism

CurrencyPumpkin
AnimalBlack Cat

The Number 341 Military Power of Ghost Land is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by King Warlock Ghost VI with an iron fist, and notable for its pith helmet sales, free-roaming dinosaurs, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 9.346 billion Ghostlanders are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order and Education also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Spookville. The average income tax rate is 96.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Ghost Landian economy, worth a remarkable 2,985 trillion Pumpkins 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 and Information Technology. 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 an amazing 319,434 Pumpkins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.2 times as much as the poorest.

Student exchange programs are in trouble as everyone wants to leave but no-one wants to come, the government is well known for declaring war on other countries for suspected slights, King Warlock Ghost VI signs the laws but abides by none of them, and running away is an essential part of the elite forces' hand-to-hand training. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ghost Land's national animal is the Black Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Spookism.

Ghost Land is ranked 204,356th in the world and 3rd in Groovy for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 15.67 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 263rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 330thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 332ndLargest Black Market: 455thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 482ndMost Secular: 591stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 617thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,025thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,393rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,597thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 2,436thMost Conservative: 2,556thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,946thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,988thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,067thLargest Governments: 3,223rdHighest Poor Incomes: 3,994thNudest: 4,104thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,148thMost Authoritarian: 4,256thHighest Economic Output: 4,262ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,361stMost Developed: 4,747thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,161stMost Beautiful Environments: 5,614thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,771stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,137thBest Weather: 7,457thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,932ndSmartest Citizens: 8,064thMost Efficient Economies: 8,162ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,294thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,733rdTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 12,086thLargest Agricultural Sector: 12,713thHealthiest Citizens: 12,916thMost Extreme: 15,576th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ghost Land, running away is an essential part of the elite forces' hand-to-hand training.
  • : Following new legislation in Ghost Land, King Warlock Ghost VI signs the laws but abides by none of them.
  • : Following new legislation in Ghost Land, the government is well known for declaring war on other countries for suspected slights.
  • : Following new legislation in Ghost Land, student exchange programs are in trouble as everyone wants to leave but no-one wants to come.
  • : Following new legislation in Ghost Land, withdrawal of support for drug addicts is leaving many with cold sweats.
  • : Following new legislation in Ghost Land, mantis shrimp studies is academia's fastest-growing field.
  • : Ghost Land lodged a message on the Groovy Regional Message Board.
  • : Ghost Land lodged a message on the Groovy Regional Message Board.
  • : Ghost Land lodged a message on the Groovy Regional Message Board.
  • : Ghost Land proposed constructing embassies between Groovy and Gypsy Lands.

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