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Most Secular: 625th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 850th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 870th
The Evil Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship
MWAHAHAHAHA!
Influence
Superpower
Official Puppet
Region
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Ghost Land

Population6.9 billion

CapitalSpookville
LeaderKing Warlock Ghost VI
FaithSpookism

CurrencyPumpkin
AnimalBlack Cat

The Evil Republic of Ghost Land is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by King Warlock Ghost VI with an iron fist, and notable for its ban on automobiles, enforced nudity, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 6.9 billion Ghostlandites 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, although Law & Order and Education are also considered important, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Spookville. The average income tax rate is 93.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ghost Landian economy, worth a remarkable 1,321 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 impressive 191,535 Pumpkins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Jaywalking is punishable by public flogging, slavers view "what did your last slave die of" as a request for a demonstration, police nightsticks see use all day long, and the explosive fireball of the disintegrating space shuttle has devastated Cape Ghost Land. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive 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 149,256th in the world and 5th in Groovy for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -8.38 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most Secular: 625thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 850thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 870thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 967thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,114thLargest Black Market: 1,348thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1,644thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,740thMost Conservative: 2,926thNudest: 3,174thMost Authoritarian: 3,393rdLowest Crime Rates: 4,242ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,437thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,681stHighest Average Incomes: 6,431stLargest Governments: 6,481stHighest Poor Incomes: 7,521stTop
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Best Weather: 8,031stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,501stMost Beautiful Environments: 8,543rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,657thMost Extreme: 8,796thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,025thHighest Economic Output: 9,914thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,108thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,951stMost Developed: 10,977thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,884thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,985thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,573rd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ghost Land, the explosive fireball of the disintegrating space shuttle has devastated Cape Ghost Land.
  • : Following new legislation in Ghost Land, police nightsticks see use all day long.
  • : Following new legislation in Ghost Land, slavers view "what did your last slave die of" as a request for a demonstration.
  • : Following new legislation in Ghost Land, jaywalking is punishable by public flogging.
  • : Following new legislation in Ghost Land, all citizens are solely referenced by their allocated identity number.
  • : Following new legislation in Ghost Land, creating cardboard imitations of missiles is a new top-secret military project.
  • : Following new legislation in Ghost Land, criminals and college students are taking an interest in the government's new weed-killing program.
  • : Following new legislation in Ghost Land, the nation's train stations are widely considered to be the ugliest in Groovy.
  • : Following new legislation in Ghost Land, TV shows must meet strict ethnicity quotas.
  • : Following new legislation in Ghost Land, politicians preface their speeches with a declaration that any resemblance to speeches given by individuals living or dead is purely coincidental.

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