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Largest Gambling Industry: 661stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,102ndHighest Crime Rates: 2,443rd
The People of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Belgium
Influence
Superpower
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Pepel

Population26.408 billion

CapitalPepel
LeaderPater

Currencyleone
Animallion

The People of Pepel is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Pater with an even hand, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, smutty television, and prohibition of alcohol. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 26.408 billion Pepelians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pepel. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 27.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Pepelian economy, worth a remarkable 4,519 trillion leones 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 a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Gambling, Retail, and Soda Sales. 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 impressive 171,137 leones, with the richest citizens earning 8.5 times as much as the poorest.

Passive-aggressive congratulations cards inform mums-to-be that their pregnancy is their greatest achievement in life, foreign leaders who don't applaud Pater's speeches are regarded as enemies of Pepel, recognizing the Pepelian flag qualifies you for citizenship, and sleep-deprived officials are known to collapse after late night revision for their examinations. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Pepel's national animal is the lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Pepel is ranked 2,102nd in the world and 1st in Belgique for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 12,922.38 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 661stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,102ndHighest Crime Rates: 2,443rdLargest Black Market: 2,500thTop
5%
Highest Economic Output: 2,985thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,950thLargest Populations: 4,508thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,105thLargest Retail Industry: 5,388thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,287thMost Avoided: 6,453rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,436thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,424thLargest Insurance Industry: 10,706thMost Efficient Economies: 10,817thHighest Average Incomes: 11,006thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,264thTop
10%
Largest Mining Sector: 15,547thMost Corrupt Governments: 17,124thMost Developed: 21,437thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21,666thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 22,261stMost Scientifically Advanced: 24,173rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 24,569thMost Cultured: 25,448th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Pepel was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Following new legislation in Pepel, sleep-deprived officials are known to collapse after late night revision for their examinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Pepel, recognizing the Pepelian flag qualifies you for citizenship.
  • : Following new legislation in Pepel, foreign leaders who don't applaud Pater's speeches are regarded as enemies of Pepel.
  • : Following new legislation in Pepel, passive-aggressive congratulations cards inform mums-to-be that their pregnancy is their greatest achievement in life.
  • : Following new legislation in Pepel, a faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles' distance from the National Science Park.
  • : Following new legislation in Pepel, claiming to have performed the Heimlich Maneuver is a popular defense for assault charges.
  • : Following new legislation in Pepel, children play a simplified version of hopscotch.
  • : Following new legislation in Pepel, popular cartoon characters frequently appear in government-sponsored PSAs reminding students to say no to drugs.
  • : Following new legislation in Pepel, adult magazines are having a sales resurgence as internet anonymity disappears.

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