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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 99th Most Corrupt Governments: 111th Largest Information Technology Sector: 137th
The True Monarchy of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Only by Holy Luna will we be free of this mortal coil.
King Aslan Blacksong
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Thriving
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The True Monarchy of Itzlan is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by King Aslan Blacksong with an iron fist, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, ubiquitous missile silos, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 7.656 billion Itzlani 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 minute, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Defense, although Environment, Administration, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Night's Watch. Income tax is unheard of.

The thriving Itzlanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,957 trillion Moon Slivers 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 Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. 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 amazing 255,658 Moon Slivers, with the richest citizens earning 7.9 times as much as the poorest.

Remote-control hang-gliding scarecrows patrol the skies to keep songbirds from leaving the nation's borders, prime real estate is devoted to wind farms and solar energy generators, the government baselessly accuses foreign dignitaries of being assassins, and exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting. 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. Itzlan's national animal is the Great Silver Fox, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is The Lunar Cult.

Itzlan is ranked 21,120th in the world and 34th in Renegade Islands Alliance for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 5,133.71 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 99thMost Corrupt Governments: 111thLargest Information Technology Sector: 137thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 328thMost Scientifically Advanced: 414thMost Devout: 739thLargest Mining Sector: 793rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,153rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,436thTop
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Largest Black Market: 1,753rdHighest Average Incomes: 2,122ndLowest Crime Rates: 2,304thMost Conservative: 2,738thMost Avoided: 2,981stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,715thHighest Economic Output: 4,639thMost Authoritarian: 6,403rdTop
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Most Stationary: 9,443rdLargest Publishing Industry: 9,631stLargest Insurance Industry: 11,402ndRudest Citizens: 11,788thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,260thMost Influential: 12,693rd
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionTop
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Conservative: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 6th in the regionMost Stationary: 7th in the regionTop
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Most Extreme: 12th in the regionRudest Citizens: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 17th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 18th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 19th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, the government baselessly accuses foreign dignitaries of being assassins.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, prime real estate is devoted to wind farms and solar energy generators.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, remote-control hang-gliding scarecrows patrol the skies to keep songbirds from leaving the nation's borders.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, a government program is underway to revitalize Itzlan's beaches.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, the nation's government buildings are remarkable for being ugly concrete boxes.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, the police have reaffirmed their tough stance on drugs.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, criminals are thrown to the Great Silver Foxes to repay their debt to society.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, the importance of winning Olympic gold medals is indoctrinated from an early age.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, doughnut-makers claim their products are healthy because they are fortified with vitamins.

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