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Largest Black Market: 508th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 689th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 762nd
The Say cheese sir ur on camera of
Iron Fist Consumerists
u came to check my motto, didn't u!
Shotgun Lance the Slightly Brave
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Rom

Population12.191 billion

CapitalA Walmart That is Really a FEMA Camp
LeaderShotgun Lance the Slightly Brave
FaithWitnesses of Jerome

Currencycat food
Animalcat god Bastet

The Say cheese sir ur on camera of Rom is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Shotgun Lance the Slightly Brave with an iron fist, and notable for its flagrant waste-dumping, ubiquitous missile silos, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 12.191 billion Romians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Spirituality, and Administration also on the agenda, while Welfare and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of A Walmart That is Really a FEMA Camp. The average income tax rate is 86.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Romian economy, worth a remarkable 2,135 trillion cat foods 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, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Gambling, and Furniture Restoration. 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 175,156 cat foods, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Absentminded citizens frequently converse with hallucinations, fast-food chefs regularly win Health Innovation Awards for spitting on burgers, people forget to eat because they are too busy singing Shotgun Lance the Slightly Brave's praises, and kids' party bags often contain candy and e-cigarettes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Rom's national animal is the cat god Bastet, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Witnesses of Jerome.

Rom is ranked 16,929th in the world and 405th in the Rejected Realms for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 98.2 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Largest Black Market: 508thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 689thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 762ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 784thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 915thMost Devout: 916thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,456thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,522ndMost Corrupt Governments: 1,629thTop
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Most Primitive: 1,934thLargest Mining Sector: 2,564thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,077thNudest: 3,134thHighest Economic Output: 5,447thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,585thMost Avoided: 5,741stHighest Poor Incomes: 6,349thHighest Average Incomes: 8,485thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 9,808thMost Conservative: 11,156thMost Authoritarian: 12,265thLargest Governments: 12,840thLowest Crime Rates: 14,313thLargest Populations: 15,043rdHighest Drug Use: 16,009thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16,348thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,399thMost Efficient Economies: 16,929th
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Largest Black Market: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20th in the regionMost Devout: 30th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 31st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 31st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 40th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 46th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 57th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 61st in the regionMost Primitive: 64th in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 82nd in the regionNudest: 107th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 129th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 147th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 152nd in the regionMost Avoided: 152nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 206th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 239th in the regionLargest Populations: 301st in the regionLargest Governments: 323rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 336th in the regionMost Influential: 342nd in the regionMost Conservative: 379th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 381st in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 405th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 437th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 539th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 643rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 692nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 736th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 750th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Rom, kids' party bags often contain candy and e-cigarettes.
  • : Following new legislation in Rom, people forget to eat because they are too busy singing Shotgun Lance the Slightly Brave's praises.
  • : Following new legislation in Rom, fast-food chefs regularly win Health Innovation Awards for spitting on burgers.
  • : Following new legislation in Rom, absentminded citizens frequently converse with hallucinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Rom, strange looking men with big red noses are found hiding behind bushes and inside dustbins.
  • : Following new legislation in Rom, the Gallery of Amusing Cat Photographs is the most popular museum in the country.
  • : Following new legislation in Rom, it's scientifically provable that Romian guys don't know how to make a woman happy.
  • : Following new legislation in Rom, conscientious objectors are hanged as traitors.
  • : Rom was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Following new legislation in Rom, foreign converts are illuminated by both missionaries and helicopter searchlights.

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