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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 774th Largest Black Market: 1,129th Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1,706th
The Grand Duchy of
Father Knows Best State
Go ahead and jump 100 000 lemmings can't all be wrong!
Regional Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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The Grand Duchy of Ivil is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Ivil1 with an iron fist, and remarkable for its digital currency, compulsory military service, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 12.075 billion Ivilians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, although Education, Healthcare, and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of FUBAR. The average income tax rate is 43.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ivilian economy, worth a remarkable 2,402 trillion Talents 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, broadly diversified 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 impressive 198,945 Talents, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation grinds to a halt for afternoon tea, the nation's leading climatologists are investigating animal flatulence in efforts to reduce methane emissions, the wearing and manufacture of fur apparel is banned, and Maxtopians are both starving and giddy after the Ivilian military unleashed its biological weapons. Crime is totally unknown. Ivil's national animal is the Mary's cute little lamb, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Ivil is ranked 1,811th in the world and 25th in Europe for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 774thLargest Black Market: 1,129thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1,706thMost Efficient Economies: 1,811thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,185thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,224thMost Armed: 2,773rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,818thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,399thHighest Economic Output: 3,420thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,829thLargest Mining Sector: 4,296thHighest Average Incomes: 4,778thMost Developed: 6,967thSmartest Citizens: 7,077thMost Cultured: 7,545thTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 8,131stMost Corrupt Governments: 8,981stMost Secular: 9,123rdLargest Publishing Industry: 9,640thLargest Populations: 9,660thMost Rebellious Youth: 14,069thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,475th
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 9th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 10th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 25th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 27th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 28th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 29th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 35th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 40th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 41st in the regionLargest Populations: 47th in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 48th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 68th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 68th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 90th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 91st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 93rd in the regionMost Cultured: 94th in the regionMost Developed: 94th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ivil, Maxtopians are both starving and giddy after the Ivilian military unleashed its biological weapons.
  • : Following new legislation in Ivil, the wearing and manufacture of fur apparel is banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Ivil, the nation's leading climatologists are investigating animal flatulence in efforts to reduce methane emissions.
  • : Ivil was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Following new legislation in Ivil, the nation grinds to a halt for afternoon tea.
  • : Following new legislation in Ivil, Ivil is increasingly belligerent on the international stage.
  • : Following new legislation in Ivil, the sidewalk is used as an overtaking lane by city drivers.
  • : Following new legislation in Ivil, there's never enough space in space.
  • : Following new legislation in Ivil, invasive species are hunted by the gendarmerie.
  • : Following new legislation in Ivil, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller.

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