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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,238thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,686thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,151st
The Disputed Territories of
Moralistic Democracy
We Always Choose the First!
Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Some

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OptionOners

Population8.565 billion

CapitalAn unnamed place
LeaderLtd First Class
FaithThe First Choice

Currencyflorin
AnimalFirstBorn

The Disputed Territories of OptionOners is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Ltd First Class with an even hand, and notable for its ban on automobiles, ubiquitous missile silos, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 8.565 billion First-Optioners 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of An unnamed place. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 67.4%.

The frighteningly efficient First economy, worth a remarkable 1,720 trillion florins a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 200,888 florins, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 781,360 per year while the poor average 35,313, a ratio of 22.1 to 1.

It's believed that women's brains will overheat if they think for themselves, a suspicious number of male students have joined the Ladies' Wrestling League, citizens need to demonstrate a complete set of dental records to throw five bucks in a hobo's hat, and caroling is considered a public disturbance. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. OptionOners's national animal is the FirstBorn, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is The First Choice.

OptionOners is ranked 147,197th in the world and 57th in Equilism for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 1,359.1 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,238thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,686thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,151stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,259thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,331stMost Armed: 2,372ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,598thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 3,350thMost Devout: 3,919thLargest Black Market: 4,718thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,836thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,939thLowest Crime Rates: 7,020thHighest Average Incomes: 7,413thMost Efficient Economies: 7,675thLargest Mining Sector: 7,879thHealthiest Citizens: 7,997thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,007thMost Patriotic: 9,748thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,493rdMost Subsidized Industry: 10,892ndHighest Economic Output: 11,656thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,416thTop
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Largest Governments: 14,391stSmartest Citizens: 14,613thLargest Agricultural Sector: 15,210thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20,204thHighest Disposable Incomes: 21,436thMost Conservative: 21,724thMost Advanced Public Education: 23,024thMost Developed: 23,782nd
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Conservative: 3rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 7th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 11th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 11th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : OptionOners was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Following new legislation in OptionOners, caroling is considered a public disturbance.
  • : OptionOners was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector.
  • : OptionOners was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Cheese Export Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in OptionOners, citizens need to demonstrate a complete set of dental records to throw five bucks in a hobo's hat.
  • : Following new legislation in OptionOners, a suspicious number of male students have joined the Ladies' Wrestling League.
  • : Following new legislation in OptionOners, it's believed that women's brains will overheat if they think for themselves.
  • : Following new legislation in OptionOners, fixing attendance at women's matches is a matter of "when they go low, we go high... funding".
  • : Following new legislation in OptionOners, executions often take hours as amateurs attempt to find veins.
  • : OptionOners was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector.

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