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Most Armed: 4,041st Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,238th Largest Cheese Export Sector: 7,189th
The Layaqua of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
You sink down, you drown. Swim up, and stay afloat...
Phy'cha Lyynk
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Good

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Pioneer Pool

Population1.542 billion

CapitalCerlapolq
LeaderPhy'cha Lyynk
FaithSlakolayk

CurrencyLayaq Flimnya
AnimalSeahorse of layamanya

The Layaqua of Pioneer Pool is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Phy'cha Lyynk with an even hand, and remarkable for its soft-spoken computers, smutty television, and compulsory gun ownership. The devout population of 1.542 billion Layaquans 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 medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cerlapolq. The average income tax rate is 34.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Layaq economy, worth 191 trillion Layaq Flimnyas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 123,964 Layaq Flimnyas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss, country folk are sent to obligatory boarding schools to learn how to be civilized, all government communication requires the imprimatur of the Truth Police, and there's never a spare chair in the retirement home. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Pioneer Pool's national animal is the Seahorse of layamanya, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Slakolayk.

Pioneer Pool is ranked 139,428th in the world and 4,357th in Lazarus for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -10 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

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Most Armed: 4,041stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,238thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,189thTop
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Most Influential: 10,182ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 10,330thLargest Retail Industry: 10,409thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11,488thMost Devout: 11,766thMost Inclusive: 12,528thMost Cheerful Citizens: 12,782ndLargest Publishing Industry: 13,490thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,936th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 144th in the regionMost Armed: 196th in the regionMost Influential: 270th in the regionTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 304th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 515th in the regionMost Average: 516th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 523rd in the regionMost Devout: 526th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 545th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pioneer Pool, there's never a spare chair in the retirement home.
  • : Following new legislation in Pioneer Pool, all government communication requires the imprimatur of the Truth Police.
  • : Following new legislation in Pioneer Pool, country folk are sent to obligatory boarding schools to learn how to be civilized.
  • : Following new legislation in Pioneer Pool, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss.
  • : Following new legislation in Pioneer Pool, family isn't who you're born with but who you abandon in foreign countries.
  • : Following new legislation in Pioneer Pool, the government regularly hires contractors to construct high rise apartments.
  • : Following new legislation in Pioneer Pool, popular candidates who don't suffer last-second political scandals tend to get fished out of the Cerlapolq River.
  • : Following new legislation in Pioneer Pool, pretending to be prejudiced is a good way to get out of jury duty.
  • : Following new legislation in Pioneer Pool, graverobbers claim they're acting within the interest of 'scientific preservation'.
  • : Following new legislation in Pioneer Pool, billions are being spent on a new island airport.

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