by Max Barry

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Nudest: 2,791st Most Authoritarian: 4,706th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,144th
The Rogue Nation of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Semper Invicta
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population428 million



The Rogue Nation of IkJan is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its parental licensing program, ubiquitous missile silos, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 428 million demonic entities of IkJan 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, Education, and Administration are also considered important, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of ERROR. The average income tax rate is 78.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient 'Jan economy, worth 31.2 trillion Bones 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 Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. 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 72,863 Bones, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Euthanasia is illegal, five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars, couch potatoes are considered to be model citizens, and the most penniless demographics have by far the highest number of researchers per capita. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. IkJan's national animal is the Ghost, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

IkJan is ranked 159,187th in the world and 6,653rd in the South Pacific for Most Cultured, scoring 59 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Nudest: 2,791stMost Authoritarian: 4,706thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,144thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,162ndTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 8,651stMost Conservative: 10,206thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,296thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,829thMost Extreme: 11,918thMost Influential: 13,336thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,580thLowest Crime Rates: 14,887thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,302ndMost Secular: 15,800th
Nudest: 95th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 122nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 183rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 187th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 249th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 260th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 299th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 354th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 392nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 413th in the regionMost Extreme: 431st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 438th in the regionMost Conservative: 508th in the regionLargest Governments: 518th in the regionMost Secular: 535th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 656th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : IkJan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in IkJan, the most penniless demographics have by far the highest number of researchers per capita.
  • : Following new legislation in IkJan, couch potatoes are considered to be model citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in IkJan, five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars.
  • : Following new legislation in IkJan, euthanasia is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in IkJan, wanting a better life for your child is prohibited by a clause in the criminal code.
  • : Following new legislation in IkJan, cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high.
  • : Following new legislation in IkJan, the citizenship exam requires years of study to actually pass.
  • : Following new legislation in IkJan, the military invades any neighboring nation with the gall to criticize its policies.
  • : Following new legislation in IkJan, everyone apparently sends Leader hair-filled lockets, offers to die heroically, and poetic desires to co-parent a child.


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