by Max Barry

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 488thMost Primitive: 556thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 680th
The Scattered Survivors of
Corporate Police State
Somehow even more of a wasteland
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population17.795 billion

Leaderthe ghost of Shang Lér
FaithDivine Dunes


The Scattered Survivors of Ibex is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by the ghost of Shang Lér with an iron fist, and notable for its prohibition of alcohol, sprawling nuclear power plants, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 17.795 billion Ibexes are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Spirituality and Industry are also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Xi'antler. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Ibexi economy, worth a remarkable 3,570 trillion Ivores a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Uranium Mining, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is an amazing 200,661 Ivores, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,690,715 per year while the poor average 4,459, a ratio of 379 to 1.

Members of the government all have oddly similar anecdotes about their childhoods, Jennifer Government is banned, protestors are soaking piles of Ivores in blood to make a point about government incomes, and the bayonet is cutting-edge technology. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Ibex's national animal is the Cockroach, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Divine Dunes.

Ibex is ranked 243,929th in the world and 178th in Atlantian Oceania for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 10.82 tourists per hour.

Most Ignorant Citizens: 488thMost Primitive: 556thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 680thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 751stLargest Gambling Industry: 779thLargest Insurance Industry: 783rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 796thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 811thMost Avoided: 1,037thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,252ndFattest Citizens: 1,347thMost Devout: 1,552ndLargest Mining Sector: 1,666thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,779thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,995thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,450thTop
Highest Economic Output: 3,987thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,583rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,928thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,959thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,209thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,602ndMost Efficient Economies: 5,607thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,050thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,796thHighest Average Incomes: 6,853rdMost Conservative: 8,856thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9,643rdTop
Largest Populations: 12,499thLargest Black Market: 12,532ndMost Stationary: 12,950thMost Armed: 14,398thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,002ndMost Patriotic: 17,973rdLargest Retail Industry: 18,801stMost Influential: 20,378thMost Extreme: 21,451stMost Valuable International Artwork: 21,583rdMost Pro-Market: 23,146thLargest Governments: 23,468th
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionTop
Most Conservative: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionMost Extreme: 7th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Black Market: 8th in the regionTop
Most Patriotic: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 10th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 11th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ibex was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden and the Top 5% for Largest Populations.
  • : Ibex was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Ibex was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Patriotic.
  • : Ibex lodged a message on the Atlantian Oceania Regional Message Board.
  • : Ibex's influence in Atlantian Oceania rose from "Squire" to "Apprentice".
  • : Ibex was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Ibex was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Ibex was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Ibex was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Ibex was struck by a Mk III (Purifier) Cure Missile from The Regional Defense Organizatio of AORDO, curing 20 million infected.


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