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Rudest Citizens: 647th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 731st Largest Retail Industry: 2,659th
The Holy Blue no look at the sig of
Corporate Bordello
Fundamenta eius super montibus sanctis
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Munkchester

Population1.72 billion

CapitalMunkchester
LeaderLord President George Fenwick

CurrencyGuilder
AnimalWyrm ghost

The Holy Blue no look at the sig of Munkchester is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Lord President George Fenwick with a fair hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, ubiquitous missile silos, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 1.72 billion Munkcestrians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The relatively small, corrupt, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Munkchester. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 25.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Munkcestrian economy, worth 311 trillion Guilders a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 181,371 Guilders, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,300,045 per year while the poor average 8,221, a ratio of 158 to 1.

Roosters that herald the rising sun are immediately sent to the slaughterhouse, prisoners pray grey skies are gonna clear up, mystics are claiming that a simultaneous rise in scepticism and education budgets is correlation rather than causation, and private businesses are paving paradises to put up parking lots. Crime is a problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Munkchester's national animal is the Wyrm ghost, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Munkchester is ranked 10,462nd in the world and 522nd in Osiris for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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1%
Rudest Citizens: 647thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 731stTop
5%
Largest Retail Industry: 2,659thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,821stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,632ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5,180thMost Armed: 5,345thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,500thMost Pro-Market: 6,347thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,691stMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,518thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,633rdHighest Average Incomes: 7,658thTop
10%
Most Cultured: 9,354thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9,432ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,626thMost Avoided: 9,800thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10,287thMost Efficient Economies: 10,462ndSmartest Citizens: 10,654thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,976thLargest Black Market: 11,567thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,591stMost Corrupt Governments: 12,730thMost Developed: 14,246thLargest Gambling Industry: 14,687thLargest Insurance Industry: 14,817thHighest Crime Rates: 16,623rd
Top
1%
Rudest Citizens: 20th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 34th in the regionTop
5%
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 68th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 97th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 113th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 203rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 225th in the regionMost Armed: 257th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 270th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 278th in the regionTop
10%
Most Scientifically Advanced: 325th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 342nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 401st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 402nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 403rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 424th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 440th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 448th in the regionMost Cultured: 453rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 463rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 522nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 531st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 532nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 558th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 571st in the regionMost Avoided: 574th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Munkchester's influence in Osiris rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Following new legislation in Munkchester, private businesses are paving paradises to put up parking lots.
  • : Following new legislation in Munkchester, mystics are claiming that a simultaneous rise in scepticism and education budgets is correlation rather than causation.
  • : Following new legislation in Munkchester, prisoners pray grey skies are gonna clear up.
  • : Following new legislation in Munkchester, roosters that herald the rising sun are immediately sent to the slaughterhouse.
  • : Following new legislation in Munkchester, citizens drive tank-like vehicles with mounted machine guns.
  • : The Kingdom of Northumbria dismissed Munkchester as Chancellor of Northumbria.
  • : Munkchester's influence in Osiris rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Following new legislation in Munkchester, anyone who so much as frowns risks being referred to a mental health unit.
  • : Following new legislation in Munkchester, women wear burqas to avoid unwanted male attention.

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