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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,852nd Most Devout: 14,997th Most Average: 15,953rd
The Crooked Path of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Away from the things of man
Influence
Hermit
Founder
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Average

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Joe Banks

Population5.464 billion

CurrencyJump orange soda
AnimalThe Big Woo

The Crooked Path of Joe Banks is a colossal, efficient nation, remarkable for its pith helmet sales, state-planned economy, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 5.464 billion Joe Banksians 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 medium-sized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Industry, and Education are also considered important, while International Aid is ignored. The average income tax rate is 27.0%.

The strong Joe Banksian economy, worth 261 trillion Jump orange sodas 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 slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Automobile Manufacturing, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. 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 47,814 Jump orange sodas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

Whipping posts and lashes have been transferred to the Historical Museum of Joe Banksian Embarrassments, poaching has been on the rise after animals from the nation's zoos were released into the wild, homeless people are periodically found dead upon altars to assorted deities, and election results are often delayed for weeks to count the expat votes. Crime is relatively low, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Joe Banks's national animal is the The Big Woo, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Joe Banks is ranked 44,739th in the world and 1st in The Underworld for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 107.47 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,852ndMost Devout: 14,997thMost Average: 15,953rdLargest Black Market: 16,242nd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Joe Banks was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Average and Most Devout.
  • : Following new legislation in Joe Banks, election results are often delayed for weeks to count the expat votes.
  • : Following new legislation in Joe Banks, homeless people are periodically found dead upon altars to assorted deities.
  • : Following new legislation in Joe Banks, poaching has been on the rise after animals from the nation's zoos were released into the wild.
  • : Following new legislation in Joe Banks, whipping posts and lashes have been transferred to the Historical Museum of Joe Banksian Embarrassments.
  • : Joe Banks was reclassified from "Moralistic Democracy" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Joe Banks, serial commas clarify the relationship between one's lackeys, the taxpayers, and kinsfolk.
  • : Joe Banks was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Following new legislation in Joe Banks, citizens who refuse to vote are guillotined.
  • : Following new legislation in Joe Banks, foreigners with shady pasts are fleeing the country.

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