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Knootoss

Population31.375 billion

CapitalHartstad
LeaderJan Willem Daatman

CurrencyAtlantic Ducat
Animalguinea pig

The Dutch Democratic Republic of Knootoss is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Jan Willem Daatman with a fair hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, otherworldly petting zoo, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful population of 31.375 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, although Defense and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hartstad. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Knootian economy, worth an astonishing 13,881 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 common. Average income is an amazing 442,429 Atlantic Ducats, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries, parents who refuse to vaccinate their children are given a short jail sentence, the new national mascot has to be wheeled onto the field of play, and suburban backyards are seized by the government and turned into national parks. 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 94,411th in the world and 7th in Western Atlantic for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 363.3 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most Efficient Economies: 12thMost Scientifically Advanced: 21stSmartest Citizens: 24thLargest Information Technology Sector: 31stMost Secular: 79thLargest Publishing Industry: 86thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 95thHighest Economic Output: 117thHighest Poor Incomes: 221stMost Cheerful Citizens: 273rdHighest Average Incomes: 308thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 353rdMost Stationary: 402ndFattest Citizens: 434thMost Rebellious Youth: 444thLargest Populations: 493rdLargest Retail Industry: 587thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 589thMost Cultured: 622ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 876thRudest Citizens: 880thLargest Mining Sector: 905thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 930thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,050thMost Inclusive: 1,085thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,154thMost Avoided: 1,415thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,436thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 1,876thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,977thLargest Governments: 2,010thSafest: 2,908thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,503rdMost Influential: 3,796thHighest Drug Use: 5,768thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,742ndLargest Insurance Industry: 7,866thTop
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Nudest: 8,836thMost Politically Free: 9,684thLargest Black Market: 10,375thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,410thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,838thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,864th
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Knootoss, suburban backyards are seized by the government and turned into national parks.
  • : Following new legislation in Knootoss, the new national mascot has to be wheeled onto the field of play.
  • : Following new legislation in Knootoss, parents who refuse to vaccinate their children are given a short jail sentence.
  • : Following new legislation in Knootoss, prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries.
  • : Knootoss was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Drug Use and the Top 10% for Most Extensive Civil Rights.
  • : Following new legislation in Knootoss, all recreational drugs are legal.
  • : Following new legislation in Knootoss, the children of Knootoss are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence.
  • : Following new legislation in Knootoss, planespotters are emigrating in droves.
  • : Following new legislation in Knootoss, the importance of winning Olympic gold medals is indoctrinated from an early age.
  • : Following new legislation in Knootoss, people who have had childhood imaginary friends are told they can't ever be trusted with guns.

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