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Most Advanced Public Transport: 5,245thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,935thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,271st
The Joke Nation of
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The Entrant
Influence
Nipper
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Highly Ranked

Population4.205 billion

CapitalWhatever City is Hosting
LeaderThe Entrant

CurrencyPoint
AnimalJoke Entry

The Joke Nation of Highly Ranked is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by The Entrant with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and hatred of cheese. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.205 billion 12-Pointers 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 enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Whatever City is Hosting. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 77.6%.

The frighteningly efficient a 12-Pointer economy, worth 408 trillion Points 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 a large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. 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 97,235 Points, with the richest citizens earning 7.6 times as much as the poorest.

The term cold case has taken on a very literal meaning, aggressive promotion of global warming puts polar bears on thin ice, just as students finish their homework it's time for school, and anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Highly Ranked's national animal is the Joke Entry, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Highly Ranked is ranked 34,088th in the world and 1,780th in Balder for Highest Average Incomes, with 97,235.3 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Advanced Public Transport: 5,245thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,935thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,271stTop
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Largest Black Market: 11,377thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,514thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,589thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,449thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,005thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,894thMost Cultured: 16,214thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,251stHealthiest Citizens: 16,497thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,877thLowest Crime Rates: 19,902nd
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 309th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 357th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 459th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 593rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 597th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 610th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 709th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 713th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Highly Ranked, anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card.
  • : Following new legislation in Highly Ranked, just as students finish their homework it's time for school.
  • : Following new legislation in Highly Ranked, aggressive promotion of global warming puts polar bears on thin ice.
  • : Following new legislation in Highly Ranked, the term cold case has taken on a very literal meaning.
  • : Following new legislation in Highly Ranked, glassy-eyed a 12-Pointer wives lifelessly chant "I love you" on command.
  • : Highly Ranked altered its national flag.
  • : Highly Ranked's influence in Balder rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Highly Ranked was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Highly Ranked, NationStates is now a popular brand of laxatives despite Max Barry's protests.
  • : Following new legislation in Highly Ranked, it's widely agreed that to tennis players love means nothing.

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