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Largest Information Technology Sector: 127th Most Scientifically Advanced: 433rd Largest Black Market: 526th
The Radioactive Paradise of
Libertarian Police State
Our half-life shall be eternity
Influence
Eminence Grise
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Plutonium Mesa

Population16.22 billion

CapitalReactor Core 1
LeaderArchlecturer Ubermann of Uranium

CurrencyBecquerel
Animalparticle physicist

The Radioactive Paradise of Plutonium Mesa is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Archlecturer Ubermann of Uranium with an iron fist, and notable for its deadly medical pandemics, unlimited-speed roads, and vat-grown people. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 16.22 billion Plutoniacs are proud of their wide-ranging civil freedoms, and those who aren't tend to be dragged off the streets by men in dark suits and hustled into cars with tinted windows.

The relatively small, corrupt, liberal, well-organized government is dominated by the Department of Education, with Social Policy, Industry, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Reactor Core 1. The average income tax rate is 74.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Plutonic economy, worth a remarkable 4,328 trillion Becquerels 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Soda Sales, Uranium Mining, and Retail. 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 amazing 266,857 Becquerels, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

'A is for Annulment' is a popular children's song, toy versions of heroin paraphernalia let kids pretend to be their favourite TV characters, the government's new 'Crime Can Fight Itself' policy appears to be backfiring rather badly, and bizarre-looking creatures called 'particle physicistdogs' dominate wildlife preserves. Crime is totally unknown. Plutonium Mesa's national animal is the particle physicist, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Plutonium Mesa is ranked 1,413th in the world and 2nd in The Moon for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector, scoring 9,587.51 on the Pepperoni Propulsion Productivity Index.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 127thMost Scientifically Advanced: 433rdLargest Black Market: 526thMost Advanced Public Education: 530thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 708thMost Efficient Economies: 711thFattest Citizens: 895thSmartest Citizens: 1,196thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,413thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,477thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 1,834thHighest Average Incomes: 2,326thLargest Mining Sector: 2,754thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,070thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,934thMost Inclusive: 4,562ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,670thHighest Drug Use: 5,289thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,558thMost Stationary: 7,195thLargest Populations: 8,042ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,222ndNudest: 8,320thLargest Governments: 8,395thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 9,117thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,918thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,401stMost Secular: 10,924thMost Influential: 11,232ndMost Subsidized Industry: 11,326thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,579thHighest Disposable Incomes: 16,485thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 16,787th
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Most Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Plutonium Mesa was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Plutonium Mesa's influence in The Moon rose from "Enforcer" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : Plutonium Mesa's influence in The Moon fell from "Eminence Grise" to "Enforcer".
  • : Plutonium Mesa was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.
  • : Following new legislation in Plutonium Mesa, bizarre-looking creatures called 'particle physicistdogs' dominate wildlife preserves.
  • : Following new legislation in Plutonium Mesa, the government's new 'Crime Can Fight Itself' policy appears to be backfiring rather badly.
  • : Following new legislation in Plutonium Mesa, toy versions of heroin paraphernalia let kids pretend to be their favourite TV characters.
  • : Following new legislation in Plutonium Mesa, 'A is for Annulment' is a popular children's song.
  • : Following new legislation in Plutonium Mesa, government theft from poor artists to give to rich allies has been dubbed the "reverse Robin Hood" policy.
  • : Plutonium Mesa's influence in The Moon rose from "Enforcer" to "Eminence Grise".

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