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Most Advanced Public Transport: 672ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 762ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,842nd
The Democratic States of
Father Knows Best State
Oh freedom is mine
Influence
Nipper
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Thriving
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Kalaj

Population14.433 billion

CapitalRasso Daba
FaithVioletism

CurrencyEtzlehaj
Animalbox jellyfish

The Democratic States of Kalaj is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its keen interest in outer space, zero percent divorce rate, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 14.433 billion Kalajians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rasso Daba. The average income tax rate is 90.0%.

The thriving Kalajian economy, worth a remarkable 1,532 trillion Etzlehajs 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, highly specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Information Technology. 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 106,160 Etzlehajs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

Emergency services don't respond to trailer park fires, people wouldn't be seen dead without their guns, middle-aged metal fans quite enjoy being called "rebellious youths" by even older politicians, and Renaissance frescos are being chiselled off public walls. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Kalaj's national animal is the box jellyfish, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Violetism.

Kalaj is ranked 258,595th in the world and 6,703rd in Osiris for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -162.49 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Advanced Public Transport: 672ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 762ndTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,842ndLargest Black Market: 3,914thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,275thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,240thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,424thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,725thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,848thMost Devout: 9,862ndMost Subsidized Industry: 10,070thHighest Economic Output: 13,017thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 13,975thLargest Governments: 16,441stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 20,126thMost Corrupt Governments: 20,610thLargest Populations: 20,706thLargest Mining Sector: 22,751stMost Beautiful Environments: 22,932ndMost Authoritarian: 26,261stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 26,756th
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 25th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 34th in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 112th in the regionLargest Black Market: 184th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 202nd in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 402nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 451st in the regionMost Devout: 452nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 484th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 511th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 522nd in the regionLargest Populations: 526th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 562nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 613th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Kalaj was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Following new legislation in Kalaj, Renaissance frescos are being chiselled off public walls.
  • : Following new legislation in Kalaj, middle-aged metal fans quite enjoy being called "rebellious youths" by even older politicians.
  • : Following new legislation in Kalaj, people wouldn't be seen dead without their guns.
  • : Kalaj was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Following new legislation in Kalaj, emergency services don't respond to trailer park fires.
  • : Kalaj was reclassified from "Psychotic Dictatorship" to "Iron Fist Consumerists".
  • : Following new legislation in Kalaj, community organizers have given up going door to door because nobody is home.
  • : Kalaj's influence in Osiris rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Kalaj was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Patriotic, Longest Average Lifespans, and Most Authoritarian.

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