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Largest Insurance Industry: 8thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 19thLargest Mining Sector: 38th
The Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'entrate.
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Nihilismicus

Population19.298 billion

CapitalNihilismicus City
LeaderSir Jack Harper
FaithThe Cult of Nyarlathotep

Currencydollar
AnimalSerpent

The Empire of Nihilismicus is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Sir Jack Harper with an iron fist, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, anti-smoking policies, and hatred of cheese. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 19.298 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 99.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Nihilismicusian economy, worth a remarkable 9,301 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, Woodchip Exports, and Furniture Restoration. 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 481,979 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

The nation's industries are scrambling to switch to biodegradable plastics, the nation is proudly the least fertile in Europe, Air Nihilismicus is rumored to receive more government funding than the Nihilismicusian Air Force, and high-income earners pay a 100% tax rate. 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 630th in the world and 6th in Europe for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 15,337.63 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 8thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 19thLargest Mining Sector: 38thMost Corrupt Governments: 47thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 56thLargest Black Market: 125thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 150thMost Subsidized Industry: 155thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 157thMost Secular: 319thMost Avoided: 323rdHighest Poor Incomes: 339thHighest Average Incomes: 454thLowest Crime Rates: 541stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 630thHighest Economic Output: 760thMost Advanced Public Transport: 828thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 914thMost Efficient Economies: 966thLargest Governments: 980thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,055thMost Primitive: 1,300thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,361stTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,988thMost Stationary: 3,416thMost Patriotic: 3,792ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,473rdRudest Citizens: 4,514thNudest: 7,306thMost Authoritarian: 8,055thMost Conservative: 8,501stMost Influential: 11,174thLargest Populations: 12,884thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,978thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 15,726thMost Ignorant Citizens: 15,952ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 26,574th
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Largest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 10th in the regionMost Secular: 10th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11th in the regionMost Stationary: 11th in the regionTop
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Most Primitive: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 14th in the regionLargest Governments: 18th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 21st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 22nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 22nd in the regionNudest: 23rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 27th in the regionMost Conservative: 30th in the regionMost Extreme: 40th in the regionLargest Populations: 43rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 43rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 45th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 56th in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 73rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 92nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Nihilismicus, high-income earners pay a 100% tax rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Nihilismicus, Air Nihilismicus is rumored to receive more government funding than the Nihilismicusian Air Force.
  • : Following new legislation in Nihilismicus, the nation is proudly the least fertile in Europe.
  • : Following new legislation in Nihilismicus, the nation's industries are scrambling to switch to biodegradable plastics.
  • : Following new legislation in Nihilismicus, workers' complaints never reach central planning.
  • : Following new legislation in Nihilismicus, forty-year-old men are asked for their ID before watching the latest pony cartoon movies.
  • : Following new legislation in Nihilismicus, caps with skulls on them are the height of fashion.
  • : Following new legislation in Nihilismicus, the nationalistic national anthem inspires citizens to literally spit at foreigners.
  • : Following new legislation in Nihilismicus, praying before a battle is a court-martial offence.
  • : Following new legislation in Nihilismicus, battlefield gains are quickly lost when enemies don't respect a time-out.

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