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Most Extreme: 6th Rudest Citizens: 7th Largest Retail Industry: 11th
The Eternal Misfortune of
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Population8.702 billion


The Eternal Misfortune of Pallidonia is a colossal, cultured nation, notable for its rum-swilling pirates, museums and concert halls, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 8.702 billion Pallidonians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken individuals is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, with Law & Order and Environment not funded at all. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Pallidonian economy, worth a remarkable 2,528 trillion Horses a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Soda Sales, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is an amazing 290,522 Horses, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,816,807 per year while the poor average 1,445, a ratio of 1,948 to 1.

The Museum of Blackacrean War Crimes is located on "Blackacre Did Nothing Wrong Avenue", internet service is too costly for normal people to purchase, street gangs rule most of the nation's major cities, and ethnic minorities are often refused admission to some of the nation's best schools. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Pallidonia's national animal is the Dollar, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Pallidonia is ranked 151st in the world and 5th in the South Pacific for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 780.32 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

Most Extreme: 6thRudest Citizens: 7thLargest Retail Industry: 11thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14thHighest Crime Rates: 16thMost Armed: 20thLargest Gambling Industry: 32ndFattest Citizens: 70thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 87thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 91stMost Rebellious Youth: 121stMost Avoided: 130thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 151stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 160thMost Ignorant Citizens: 180thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 256thHighest Disposable Incomes: 677thMost Cheerful Citizens: 973rdHighest Drug Use: 1,319thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1,338thMost Politically Free: 1,390thMost Pro-Market: 1,467thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,468thLargest Mining Sector: 1,585thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 1,685thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,061stMost Corrupt Governments: 2,696thHighest Economic Output: 4,021stMost Efficient Economies: 4,412thNudest: 5,942ndMost Cultured: 6,475thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,560thTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 8,824thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,435thMost Devout: 10,544thLargest Black Market: 10,889thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,004thMost Stationary: 11,415thMost Influential: 15,170th
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Politically Free: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 7th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 7th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 7th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 10th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 14th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 20th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 24th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 36th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 41st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 56th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 65th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 75th in the regionNudest: 131st in the regionLargest Black Market: 149th in the regionMost Cultured: 189th in the regionMost Stationary: 211th in the regionLargest Populations: 239th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 269th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 283rd in the regionMost Devout: 293rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 309th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 318th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, ethnic minorities are often refused admission to some of the nation's best schools.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, street gangs rule most of the nation's major cities.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, internet service is too costly for normal people to purchase.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, the Museum of Blackacrean War Crimes is located on "Blackacre Did Nothing Wrong Avenue".
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, nose plugs are the latest Pallidonian fashion accessory.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, patriotic citizens simply tend to applaud rather than sing the nation's praises.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, scholars are leaving the country at an alarming rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, citizens are enjoying a recent large cut in taxes.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, the government's only official statement on the burning down of Pallidonia City was that 'they shouldn't have been so careless'.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, cities are engulfed by smog.


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