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Rudest Citizens: 1,178thFattest Citizens: 1,522ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,746th
The Confederacy of
Capitalist Paradise
Keep your eyes on the prize!
Minister Harrison
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population1.579 billion

LeaderMinister Harrison


The Confederacy of Rectionk is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Minister Harrison with an even hand, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, daily referendums, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 1.579 billion Rectionians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The tiny, corrupt government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Industry, Education, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while International Aid and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rectonia. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Rectionkian economy, worth 298 trillion credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 189,066 credits, with the richest citizens earning 7.2 times as much as the poorest.

International trade is a sticky issue, small businesses are gobbled up almost daily by corporate giants, suicide victims often leave behind cash to cover the cost of their fines, and even doll houses and dog kennels have to be able to withstand rigorous earthquake testing. Crime is pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Rectionk's national animal is the lemur, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Rectionk is ranked 18,051st in the world and 255th in the South Pacific for Highest Drug Use, scoring 113.4 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

Rudest Citizens: 1,178thFattest Citizens: 1,522ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,746thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,114thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,129thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,147thLargest Retail Industry: 2,204thMost Avoided: 2,254thTop
Most Influential: 2,592ndHighest Crime Rates: 2,846thMost Armed: 3,192ndLargest Insurance Industry: 3,613thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,994thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,161stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,097thLargest Mining Sector: 5,987thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,269thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,306thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,491stHighest Average Incomes: 7,815thMost Efficient Economies: 8,486thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,806thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,485thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10,122ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10,543rdTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 14,819thMost Secular: 15,288thHighest Drug Use: 18,051stLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,221stSmartest Citizens: 20,607thLargest Black Market: 20,984thMost Valuable International Artwork: 21,422ndMost Subsidized Industry: 22,239th
Fattest Citizens: 37th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 47th in the regionMost Avoided: 48th in the regionRudest Citizens: 50th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 55th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 71st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 74th in the regionTop
Most Armed: 90th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 102nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 103rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 105th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 113th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 131st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 192nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 196th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 198th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 214th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 218th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 243rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 255th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 265th in the regionMost Influential: 308th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 356th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 389th in the regionTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 436th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 445th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 463rd in the regionMost Secular: 529th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 578th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 624th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 629th in the regionLargest Black Market: 630th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 763rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 771st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Rectionk, even doll houses and dog kennels have to be able to withstand rigorous earthquake testing.
  • : Following new legislation in Rectionk, suicide victims often leave behind cash to cover the cost of their fines.
  • : Following new legislation in Rectionk, small businesses are gobbled up almost daily by corporate giants.
  • : Following new legislation in Rectionk, international trade is a sticky issue.
  • : Rectionk was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden.
  • : Following new legislation in Rectionk, churches across the land are hurriedly installing auto-tune for their choirs.
  • : Rectionk was reclassified from "Capitalizt" to "Capitalist Paradise".
  • : Rectionk voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Gay Panic defense Ban".
  • : Following new legislation in Rectionk, the roads are notorious throughout the region for their peril.
  • : Following new legislation in Rectionk, burgers often list "miscellaneous meats" in their ingredients.


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