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Largest Insurance Industry: 10thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 34thLargest Mining Sector: 36th
The Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'entrate.
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Nihilismicus

Population16.703 billion

CapitalNihilismicus City
LeaderSir Jack Harper
FaithThe Cult of Nyarlathotep

Currencydollar
AnimalSerpent

The Empire of Nihilismicus is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Sir Jack Harper with an iron fist, and notable for its closed borders, anti-smoking policies, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 16.703 billion Nihilismicans are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nihilismicus City. The average income tax rate is 98.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Nihilismicusian economy, worth a remarkable 7,736 trillion 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 Uranium Mining, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Woodchip Exports. 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 463,158 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Laser-wielding robots are taking aim at human hearts, wealthy pranksters dump refuse on unsuspecting citizens from up high, motorbike jousters live young and die fast, and contrails and thunderous rumbles have returned to the skies above. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. Nihilismicus's national animal is the Serpent, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is The Cult of Nyarlathotep.

Nihilismicus is ranked 99,437th in the world and 660th in Europe for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 1,371.07 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 10thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 34thLargest Mining Sector: 36thMost Corrupt Governments: 54thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 63rdHighest Poor Incomes: 117thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 131stLargest Black Market: 131stMost Subsidized Industry: 156thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 178thMost Secular: 286thMost Avoided: 290thHighest Average Incomes: 442ndLowest Crime Rates: 846thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 910thHighest Economic Output: 922ndMost Efficient Economies: 968thLargest Governments: 1,035thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,069thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,087thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,123rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,553rdMost Primitive: 1,598thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,996thTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,690thMost Stationary: 3,719thRudest Citizens: 3,798thFattest Citizens: 3,856thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,752ndNudest: 5,269thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,782ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,882ndMost Authoritarian: 7,415thLargest Retail Industry: 8,882ndMost Conservative: 9,227thTop
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Most Patriotic: 11,462ndMost Influential: 12,547thLargest Populations: 13,766thMost Income Equality: 15,401stMost Developed: 19,940th
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Largest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionMost Secular: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8th in the regionMost Stationary: 11th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 12th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 13th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 13th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 14th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 15th in the regionLargest Governments: 17th in the regionMost Primitive: 20th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 21st in the regionFattest Citizens: 23rd in the regionNudest: 25th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 36th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 37th in the regionMost Extreme: 48th in the regionLargest Populations: 50th in the regionMost Conservative: 55th in the regionRudest Citizens: 62nd in the regionTop
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Most Income Equality: 78th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 85th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 88th in the regionMost Patriotic: 103rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 105th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Nihilismicus, contrails and thunderous rumbles have returned to the skies above.
  • : Following new legislation in Nihilismicus, motorbike jousters live young and die fast.
  • : Following new legislation in Nihilismicus, wealthy pranksters dump refuse on unsuspecting citizens from up high.
  • : Following new legislation in Nihilismicus, laser-wielding robots are taking aim at human hearts.
  • : Following new legislation in Nihilismicus, minefields are being deployed along the border to discourage potential emigrants from trying to leave.
  • : Following new legislation in Nihilismicus, a fashion designer has been arrested for inciting hatred after claiming redheads couldn't pull off vermillion.
  • : Following new legislation in Nihilismicus, education is transforming people into first-rate snobs.
  • : Following new legislation in Nihilismicus, the giant 80-storey carving of Sir Jack Harper in Mount Rushless can be seen from space.
  • : Following new legislation in Nihilismicus, loss of the ability to speak is a common affliction of the elderly.
  • : Following new legislation in Nihilismicus, young children are learning advanced physics to scientifically disprove the existence of Santa Claus.

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