by Max Barry

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Largest Mining Sector: 51st Highest Wealthy Incomes: 55th Most Avoided: 56th
The Caliphate of
Corporate Police State
Caliph instead of the Caliph
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population31.723 billion

Faitha major religion


The Caliphate of Iznogoud is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Caliph with an iron fist, and notable for its ritual sacrifices, unlimited-speed roads, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 31.723 billion Iznogoudians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Social Policy and Environment not funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Baghdad. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Iznogoudian economy, worth an astonishing 16,810 trillion dinars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is a breathtaking 529,912 dinars, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,419,726 per year while the poor average 33,101, a ratio of 103 to 1.

Exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting, dynamite sales and concert audiences are booming, maintaining economic growth is no laughing matter, and RPG fans reminisce fondly about when people thought they were evil and dangerous rather than geeky and socially inept. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Iznogoud's national animal is the camel, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is a major religion.

Iznogoud is ranked 5,833rd in the world and 7th in Scandinavia for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 10,384.45 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Largest Mining Sector: 51stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 55thMost Avoided: 56thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 60thHighest Economic Output: 71stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 93rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 101stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 101stLargest Insurance Industry: 103rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 108thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 118thHighest Average Incomes: 140thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 143rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 144thLargest Agricultural Sector: 196thRudest Citizens: 308thLargest Populations: 375thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 415thMost Corrupt Governments: 475thLowest Crime Rates: 505thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 517thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 629thMost Scientifically Advanced: 681stLargest Information Technology Sector: 782ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,011thLargest Retail Industry: 1,070thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 1,775thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,824thMost Influential: 3,133rdMost Devout: 3,422ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,732ndLargest Black Market: 4,177thFattest Citizens: 4,484thLargest Gambling Industry: 5,833rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,393rdMost Pro-Market: 7,611thLargest Governments: 7,892ndTop
Smartest Citizens: 10,180th
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Iznogoud's influence in Scandinavia rose from "Minnow" to "Negotiator".
  • : Iznogoud applied to join the World Assembly.
  • : Iznogoud altered its national flag.
  • : Following new legislation in Iznogoud, RPG fans reminisce fondly about when people thought they were evil and dangerous rather than geeky and socially inept.
  • : Iznogoud relocated from Osiris to Scandinavia.
  • : Iznogoud was refounded in Osiris.
  • : Iznogoud ceased to exist in Scandinavia.
  • : Iznogoud's influence in Scandinavia fell from "Contender" to "Negotiator".
  • : Iznogoud's influence in Scandinavia rose from "Minnow" to "Contender".
  • : Iznogoud altered its national flag.


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