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Largest Insurance Industry: 140thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 205thHighest Disposable Incomes: 305th
The Incorporated States of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Thank ME....For Me
Mr Maskell
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Maskellvania

Population10.435 billion

CapitalThe Corporate City of Maskell
LeaderMr Maskell
FaithMaskellism

CurrencyBeer
AnimalBundy Bear

The Incorporated States of Maskellvania is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Mr Maskell with an iron fist, and renowned for its compulsory military service, complete lack of prisons, and vat-grown people. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 10.435 billion Maskellvanians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Industry and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Environment and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Corporate City of Maskell. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Maskellvanian economy, worth a remarkable 4,372 trillion Beers 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 large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Retail, Uranium Mining, and Gambling. 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 amazing 419,021 Beers, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,678,594 per year while the poor average 70,184, a ratio of 23.9 to 1.

Summer science camps are regularly raided by narcotics police, dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia, the dead fish in the national rivers aren't decomposing because even bacteria can't survive the levels of toxicity, and citizens try to pass off bottlecaps they found in their backyards as historical artifacts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Maskellvania's national animal is the Bundy Bear, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Maskellism.

Maskellvania is ranked 2,587th in the world and 71st in Osiris for Most Patriotic, with 71.94 flags saluted per person per day.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 140thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 205thHighest Disposable Incomes: 305thMost Corrupt Governments: 310thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 331stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 340thLargest Mining Sector: 452ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 473rdLargest Gambling Industry: 537thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 549thMost Avoided: 577thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 605thFattest Citizens: 625thLargest Agricultural Sector: 680thHighest Average Incomes: 780thLargest Retail Industry: 786thMost Efficient Economies: 793rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 822ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,030thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,200thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,519thMost Patriotic: 2,587thTop
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Largest Governments: 3,155thHighest Economic Output: 3,162ndMost Subsidized Industry: 3,167thMost Ignorant Citizens: 3,278thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,372ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,594thLargest Black Market: 3,618thLowest Crime Rates: 3,628thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,793rdRudest Citizens: 5,580thMost Secular: 6,357thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 11,663rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,503rdTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,480thMost Conservative: 17,711thHighest Poor Incomes: 24,285thMost Authoritarian: 25,534th
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 16th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 20th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 20th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 22nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 23rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 24th in the regionMost Avoided: 24th in the regionFattest Citizens: 26th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 28th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 30th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 35th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 44th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 56th in the regionMost Patriotic: 71st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 87th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 100th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 111th in the regionLargest Governments: 118th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 141st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 171st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 172nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 173rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 174th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 189th in the regionRudest Citizens: 280th in the regionMost Secular: 303rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 363rd in the regionTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 569th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 604th in the regionMost Conservative: 621st in the regionMost Influential: 649th in the regionMost Stationary: 666th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Maskellvania, citizens try to pass off bottlecaps they found in their backyards as historical artifacts.
  • : Following new legislation in Maskellvania, the dead fish in the national rivers aren't decomposing because even bacteria can't survive the levels of toxicity.
  • : Following new legislation in Maskellvania, dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia.
  • : Maskellvania was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden.
  • : Following new legislation in Maskellvania, summer science camps are regularly raided by narcotics police.
  • : Following new legislation in Maskellvania, citizens know not to ask what their country can do for them but what they can do as chained slaves for their country.
  • : Following new legislation in Maskellvania, tourists are flocking to the newly-built MeteorLand family resort.
  • : Following new legislation in Maskellvania, high-tech infantry rifles automatically reload when the soldier shoots outside the screen of their helmet HUD.
  • : Following new legislation in Maskellvania, death row is annually emptied to feed the nation's hunger for televised murder-games.
  • : Following new legislation in Maskellvania, amusement park rides frequently collapse due to lack of maintenance.

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