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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,263rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,697thMost Devout: 18,271st
The Insanely Benevolent Hawk of
Moralistic Democracy
Loyalty and Truth. No two words are as important.
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Oblivious Ben

Population1.416 billion

CapitalBen zcity
LeaderBen

CurrencyBenmark
AnimalBenjamin Thing

The Insanely Benevolent Hawk of Oblivious Ben is a massive, pleasant nation, ruled by Ben with an even hand, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, disturbing lack of elderly people, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, devout population of 1.416 billion Oblivious Benians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ben zcity. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 19.1%.

The strong Oblivious Benian economy, worth 107 trillion Benmarks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Furniture Restoration, and Cheese Exports. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 76,113 Benmarks, with the richest citizens earning 6.1 times as much as the poorest.

Chicken farmers must rise before the sun every day to gag their cockerels, airplane passengers who purchase "basic economy" tickets are often assigned seats in the lavatory, the nation threatens sanctions on islands only visible at low tide, and human tissue is grown in vats as a delicacy as well as for transplants. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Oblivious Ben's national animal is the Benjamin Thing.

Oblivious Ben is ranked 16,697th in the world and 42nd in The Black Hawks for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 56.34 Whatever.

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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,263rdTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,697thMost Devout: 18,271stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 21,924thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 27,703rd
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 27th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Oblivious Ben, human tissue is grown in vats as a delicacy as well as for transplants.
  • : Oblivious Ben was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Cheese Export Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Oblivious Ben, the nation threatens sanctions on islands only visible at low tide.
  • : Following new legislation in Oblivious Ben, airplane passengers who purchase "basic economy" tickets are often assigned seats in the lavatory.
  • : Following new legislation in Oblivious Ben, chicken farmers must rise before the sun every day to gag their cockerels.
  • : Following new legislation in Oblivious Ben, children are terrified that the 'flying police monster' will come to take them away in the night.
  • : Following new legislation in Oblivious Ben, you can bet your bottom dollar that gambling will cost you an arm and a leg.
  • : Oblivious Ben was reclassified from "Authoritarian Democracy" to "Moralistic Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Oblivious Ben, students and teachers are regularly stopped and searched for symbols of religious affiliation before class.
  • : Oblivious Ben lodged a message on the The Black Hawks Regional Message Board.

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