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Largest Gambling Industry: 891stHighest Crime Rates: 1,667thNudest: 1,796th
The Borderlands of
Father Knows Best State
Surfin
Influence
Eminence Grise
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Rare

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Playa

Population3.642 billion

CapitalPlaya Plaza
LeaderMr Beach Bum
FaithThe Surf

Currencygrain of sand
Animalseagull

The Borderlands of Playa is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Mr Beach Bum with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, infamous sell-swords, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.642 billion Playans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The minute, corrupt, well-organized government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Education, with Industry, Environment, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Defense and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Playa Plaza. The average income tax rate is 4.8%.

The strong Playan economy, worth 273 trillion grains of sand 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 slick, highly efficient black market in Retail, Gambling, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. 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 75,007 grains of sand, with the richest citizens earning 5.2 times as much as the poorest.

The best doughnut stores have been taken over by foreign police officers, the nation's government buildings are remarkable for being ugly concrete boxes, everyone apparently sends Mr Beach Bum hair-filled lockets, offers to die heroically, and poetic desires to co-parent a child, and the government's foreign policy statements are less threatening than a World Assembly cease-and-desist letter. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Playa's national animal is the seagull, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is The Surf.

Playa is ranked 12,134th in the world and 2nd in Peace for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 28.62 Bank.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 891stHighest Crime Rates: 1,667thNudest: 1,796thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,819thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 3,177thFattest Citizens: 3,517thMost Ignorant Citizens: 4,167thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5,562ndMost Avoided: 6,053rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 8,572ndMost Rebellious Youth: 9,752ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 12,134thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 14,022ndMost Devout: 14,787thMost Primitive: 16,858thLargest Black Market: 19,748thMost Corrupt Governments: 23,944th
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Largest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Playa was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens and the Top 10% for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Playa, the government's foreign policy statements are less threatening than a World Assembly cease-and-desist letter.
  • : Following new legislation in Playa, everyone apparently sends Mr Beach Bum hair-filled lockets, offers to die heroically, and poetic desires to co-parent a child.
  • : Playa was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Following new legislation in Playa, the nation's government buildings are remarkable for being ugly concrete boxes.
  • : Following new legislation in Playa, the best doughnut stores have been taken over by foreign police officers.
  • : Following new legislation in Playa, the Foreign Ministry thinks an eye for an eye is a blindingly good idea.
  • : Playa was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Playa, sermons are regularly interrupted by businessmen taking phone calls.
  • : Following new legislation in Playa, Mr Beach Bum has no checks and balances after the upper house was abolished.

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