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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 64th Most Corrupt Governments: 108th Largest Information Technology Sector: 115th
The Holy Theocracy of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Holy Luna above all else
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Itzlan

Population8.56 billion

CapitalNight's Watch
LeaderHigh Saint Aslan Adonai
FaithThe Lunar Cult

CurrencySilver Fox
AnimalItzlanian Dire Wolf

The Holy Theocracy of Itzlan is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by High Saint Aslan Adonai with an iron fist, and renowned for its ban on automobiles, smutty television, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.56 billion Itzlani 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 tiny, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Environment, Administration, and Education also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Night's Watch. The average income tax rate is 5.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Itzlanian economy, worth a remarkable 2,601 trillion Silver Foxes 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, Uranium Mining, 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 an amazing 303,892 Silver Foxes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Unpopular politicians are often caught between a rock and a hard place, the state conscripts sociopathic orphan girls to train as professional assassins, Itzlani are regularly fired for looking at MyFace during their lunch breaks, and 13-year-old internet trolls are treated as a threat on par with terrorists. 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 Itzlanian Dire Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Lunar Cult.

Itzlan is ranked 176,547th in the world and 129th in Renegade Islands Alliance for Most Average, scoring 13.95 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 64thMost Corrupt Governments: 108thLargest Information Technology Sector: 115thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 200thMost Devout: 331stHighest Poor Incomes: 565thHighest Disposable Incomes: 762ndLargest Mining Sector: 891stLargest Black Market: 949thHighest Average Incomes: 1,305thLowest Crime Rates: 1,396thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,767thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,213thMost Authoritarian: 3,061stHighest Economic Output: 3,385thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,880thMost Extreme: 6,284thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,303rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,396thMost Stationary: 8,767thMost Conservative: 9,042ndTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 10,475thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,800thMost Avoided: 11,420thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,934thLargest Governments: 11,949thMost Influential: 12,482ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,860thSmartest Citizens: 14,324th
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Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Conservative: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 10th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Avoided: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, 13-year-old internet trolls are treated as a threat on par with terrorists.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, Itzlani are regularly fired for looking at MyFace during their lunch breaks.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, the state conscripts sociopathic orphan girls to train as professional assassins.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, unpopular politicians are often caught between a rock and a hard place.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, disability advocates are not amused that they are told to be dependent on Itzlani's kindness.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, attempted suicide is punishable by public hanging.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, teenagers haven't been seen outdoors since the nation reconnected to the Internet.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, doughnut-makers claim their products are healthy because they are fortified with vitamins.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, sending sick politicians "Get Well Soon" cards is considered bribery.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, the people are famous throughout the region for their bleached-white teeth.

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