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Most Valuable International Artwork: 40thLargest Information Technology Sector: 177thMost Scientifically Advanced: 208th
The Deep Sleep of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Time to go.
Influence
Apprentice
Region
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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New Kowloon Bay

Population8.749 billion

CapitalGreater Kowloon Metropolis
LeaderJasmine Shing
FaithState Atheism

CurrencyBay Dollar
AnimalDolphin of the Skies

The Deep Sleep of New Kowloon Bay is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Jasmine Shing with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ritual sacrifices, parental licensing program, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 8.749 billion Kowloonis are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Greater Kowloon Metropolis. The average income tax rate is 99.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Kowlooni economy, worth a remarkable 4,396 trillion Bay Dollars 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. 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 a breathtaking 502,544 Bay Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Tabloids coo over Jasmine Shing's expected child, the entire entry for New Kowloon Bay in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the World reads 'mostly harmless', Brancaland has gifted over nine thousand putrid moose carcasses to New Kowloon Bay as a reminder of their "special relationship", and a sledgehammer and a spray can are seen as the default tools of political debate. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. New Kowloon Bay's national animal is the Dolphin of the Skies, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is State Atheism.

New Kowloon Bay is ranked 2,544th in the world and 32nd in 10000 Islands for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 26,648.63 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 40thLargest Information Technology Sector: 177thMost Scientifically Advanced: 208thHighest Poor Incomes: 214thLargest Agricultural Sector: 261stMost Influential: 299thHighest Average Incomes: 452ndMost Secular: 697thSmartest Citizens: 743rdLowest Crime Rates: 817thMost Efficient Economies: 842ndLargest Governments: 954thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 963rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,031stMost Patriotic: 1,079thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,098thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,139thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,172ndMost Developed: 1,184thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,288thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,539thLargest Black Market: 1,674thMost Inclusive: 1,785thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,806thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,978thHealthiest Citizens: 2,360thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,436thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,458thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,544thHighest Food Quality: 2,666thTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,944thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,005thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,355thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,401stHighest Economic Output: 4,151stLargest Retail Industry: 4,280thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,562ndRudest Citizens: 4,565thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,321stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,403rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,131stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,616thMost Cultured: 9,799thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,796thTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 18,258th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionTop
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Most Patriotic: 9th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 13th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 15th in the regionMost Secular: 15th in the regionLargest Black Market: 15th in the regionLargest Governments: 17th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 17th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 18th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 25th in the regionMost Developed: 25th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 25th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 32nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 33rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 37th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 41st in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 44th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 45th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 45th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 46th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 49th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 50th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 54th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 59th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 59th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 62nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 63rd in the regionMost Influential: 65th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 66th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 73rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 79th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : New Kowloon Bay was endorsed by The Borderlands of Barium Lands.
  • : Following new legislation in New Kowloon Bay, a sledgehammer and a spray can are seen as the default tools of political debate.
  • : Following new legislation in New Kowloon Bay, Brancaland has gifted over nine thousand putrid moose carcasses to New Kowloon Bay as a reminder of their "special relationship".
  • : Following new legislation in New Kowloon Bay, the entire entry for New Kowloon Bay in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the World reads 'mostly harmless'.
  • : Following new legislation in New Kowloon Bay, tabloids coo over Jasmine Shing's expected child.
  • : Following new legislation in New Kowloon Bay, citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over New Kowloon Bay.
  • : New Kowloon Bay was endorsed by The Republic of Cherknar.
  • : Following new legislation in New Kowloon Bay, healthcare workers are flummoxed over the spike in foreign tourists with sudden-onset heart disease.
  • : Following new legislation in New Kowloon Bay, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings.
  • : Following new legislation in New Kowloon Bay, hiding wrinkles with make-up is illegal.

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