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Largest Information Technology Sector: 4,306th Most Scientifically Advanced: 4,891st Smartest Citizens: 8,757th
The Workers' Union of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Strength through brotherhood, comrades
Conroy van Vonvolkvan
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Isolationist Cobrastan

Population5.141 billion

CapitalBestburg
LeaderConroy van Vonvolkvan
FaithVonvolkvism

CurrencyCobrastanian Ruble
AnimalCobra

The Workers' Union of Isolationist Cobrastan is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Conroy van Vonvolkvan with an even hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, compulsory military service, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 5.141 billion Cobrastanians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bestburg. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 76.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Cobrastanian economy, worth 679 trillion Cobrastanian Rubles a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 132,257 Cobrastanian Rubles, with the richest citizens earning 5.6 times as much as the poorest.

Adverts proclaim it has to be healthy if the Mornay uses hand-grated Gallopavian Gruyère, the government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them, the nation grinds to a halt on the anniversary of every marginally noteworthy event, and going on a diet invalidates your passport. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Isolationist Cobrastan's national animal is the Cobra, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Vonvolkvism.

Isolationist Cobrastan is ranked 48,880th in the world and 2,665th in Lazarus for Most Cultured, scoring 68 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 4,306thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,891stTop
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Smartest Citizens: 8,757thMost Secular: 8,878thLowest Crime Rates: 9,127thMost Developed: 9,440thMost Influential: 9,722ndMost Advanced Public Education: 9,807thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,914thHealthiest Citizens: 11,758thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,853rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,064thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,503rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,667thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,692ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,923rdMost Corrupt Governments: 14,198thLargest Governments: 14,273rdMost Average: 14,590thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,014thHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,733rd
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 200th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 227th in the regionMost Influential: 296th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 458th in the regionMost Secular: 471st in the regionMost Developed: 518th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 555th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 583rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 587th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 705th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Isolationist Cobrastan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Isolationist Cobrastan, going on a diet invalidates your passport.
  • : Isolationist Cobrastan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Isolationist Cobrastan, the nation grinds to a halt on the anniversary of every marginally noteworthy event.
  • : Following new legislation in Isolationist Cobrastan, the government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them.
  • : Following new legislation in Isolationist Cobrastan, adverts proclaim it has to be healthy if the Mornay uses hand-grated Gallopavian Gruyère.
  • : Following new legislation in Isolationist Cobrastan, gay hospital patients are labelled with a pink triangle to alert staff of their substandard blood.
  • : Isolationist Cobrastan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Following new legislation in Isolationist Cobrastan, older citizens lament over the loss of law and order.
  • : Following new legislation in Isolationist Cobrastan, census workers are having a hard time figuring out who is actually living in Isolationist Cobrastan after the ban on emigration was lifted.

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