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Knootoss was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 255
Most Efficient Economies: 11th Smartest Citizens: 27th Most Scientifically Advanced: 34th
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Knootoss

Population34.14 billion

CapitalHartstad
LeaderMaurits Viljoen

CurrencyAtlantic Ducat
Animalguinea pig

The Dutch Democratic Republic of Knootoss is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Maurits Viljoen with a fair hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, otherworldly petting zoo, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful population of 34.14 billion Knootians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The tiny, liberal, outspoken government is primarily concerned with Education, with Healthcare and Defense also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hartstad. The average income tax rate is 4.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Knootian economy, worth an astonishing 15,245 trillion Atlantic Ducats a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Retail. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 446,547 Atlantic Ducats, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

The government has spent days debating the merits of a petition calling for a ban on sporks, Knootian housewives become unusually flustered when thinking about Maurits Viljoen, a new "thought police" branch is being developed, and Maurits Viljoen has been seen stealthily slicing fifths off bread loaves. Crime is totally unknown. Knootoss's national animal is the guinea pig, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Knootoss is ranked 1,083rd in the world and 1st in Western Atlantic for Most Inclusive, scoring 355.42 on the Mandela-Wollstonecraft Non-Discrimination Index.

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Most Efficient Economies: 11thSmartest Citizens: 27thMost Scientifically Advanced: 34thLargest Information Technology Sector: 49thLargest Publishing Industry: 89thHighest Economic Output: 116thMost Secular: 132ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 152ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 187thMost Cheerful Citizens: 278thHighest Poor Incomes: 349thHighest Average Incomes: 364thMost Stationary: 377thLargest Populations: 461stMost Rebellious Youth: 467thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 499thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 622ndMost Cultured: 661stRudest Citizens: 801stFattest Citizens: 823rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 874thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 894thLargest Retail Industry: 1,052ndMost Inclusive: 1,083rdLargest Mining Sector: 1,115thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,406thLargest Governments: 1,578thTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,034thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,560thSafest: 2,757thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,895thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,236thMost Avoided: 3,520thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,708thMost Influential: 4,486thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,711thLargest Insurance Industry: 8,210thMost Politically Free: 8,511thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 9,021stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,273rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,191stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14,108thLargest Black Market: 14,955thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,747thNudest: 16,330th
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Largest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Knootoss, Maurits Viljoen has been seen stealthily slicing fifths off bread loaves.
  • : Following new legislation in Knootoss, a new "thought police" branch is being developed.
  • : Following new legislation in Knootoss, Knootian housewives become unusually flustered when thinking about Maurits Viljoen.
  • : Following new legislation in Knootoss, the government has spent days debating the merits of a petition calling for a ban on sporks.
  • : Following new legislation in Knootoss, the government is pouring money into 'Operation Enduring Democracy'.
  • : Following new legislation in Knootoss, the government maintains a Department of Skulduggery.
  • : Following new legislation in Knootoss, politicians spend more time in courtrooms than in Parliament.
  • : Following new legislation in Knootoss, social networking sites have discussion groups devoted to planning terrorist attacks.
  • : Following new legislation in Knootoss, pet loving officers arrest citizens who don't give their dogs enough biscuits.
  • : Following new legislation in Knootoss, advertisers are struggling to make water sound cool to a twitchy public.

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