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Most Devout: 1,336th Most Ignorant Citizens: 1,514th Fattest Citizens: 1,830th
The Holy Grand Duchy of
Corporate Police State
One People, One Duke, One God
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Knessniet

Population836 million

CapitalLitchfield
LeaderMarshal Bevington

CurrencyKnessmark
AnimalWalrus

The Holy Grand Duchy of Knessniet is a huge, orderly nation, ruled by Marshal Bevington with an iron fist, and notable for its public floggings, flagrant waste-dumping, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 836 million Knessians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Litchfield. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 43.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Knessian economy, worth 126 trillion Knessmarks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 151,279 Knessmarks, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 613,368 per year while the poor average 24,836, a ratio of 24.7 to 1.

Warfare increasingly resembles a video game, senior citizens can usually be found doing heavy manual labour, every spring railroad foundations erode to reveal human remains, and emigrants arrive on foreign shores with nothing but pocket sand. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. Knessniet's national animal is the Walrus, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Knessniet is ranked 2,944th in the world and 44th in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 13,611.83 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Most Devout: 1,336thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,514thTop
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Fattest Citizens: 1,830thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,171stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,467thMost Avoided: 2,568thLargest Mining Sector: 2,944thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,711thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,866thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,259thLargest Retail Industry: 4,355thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,535thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,159thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,275thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5,471stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7,209thTop
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Largest Black Market: 8,906thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,347thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,255thMost Efficient Economies: 11,267thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,098thHighest Average Incomes: 12,152ndMost Conservative: 14,137thMost Extreme: 15,208thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,322nd
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Most Devout: 12th in the regionFattest Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 21st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 30th in the regionTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 31st in the regionMost Avoided: 33rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 34th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 40th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 44th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 46th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 47th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 51st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 52nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Knessniet, emigrants arrive on foreign shores with nothing but pocket sand.
  • : Following new legislation in Knessniet, every spring railroad foundations erode to reveal human remains.
  • : Following new legislation in Knessniet, senior citizens can usually be found doing heavy manual labour.
  • : Following new legislation in Knessniet, warfare increasingly resembles a video game.
  • : Following new legislation in Knessniet, nations across the world are quick to praise Marshal Bevington's good looks and intellectual prowess.
  • : Following new legislation in Knessniet, billions of Knessmarks are being blown on orbital weapons development.
  • : Following new legislation in Knessniet, nations that kill a Knessian can expect a strongly worded letter.
  • : Knessniet was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Following new legislation in Knessniet, politicians accepting drinks in bars are executed for taking bribes.
  • : Following new legislation in Knessniet, visitors to the famed rainforests are instead taken to vast furniture factories.

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