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Largest Publishing Industry: 30th Most Cultured: 90th Largest Soda Pop Sector: 166th
The Federal Republic of
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The Federal Republic of Scanorama is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Matilda Hortensia with a fair hand, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, daily referendums, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 17.402 billion Miracles live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Diamond Princess. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Miracle economy, worth a remarkable 6,104 trillion Paragons a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 350,798 Paragons, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,046,665 per year while the poor average 28,312, a ratio of 72.3 to 1.

Artists are pillars of society, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller, the police are destroying all photographic evidence of their own existence, and claiming to have performed the Heimlich Maneuver is a popular defense for assault charges. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Scanorama's national animal is the Newt, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Glinda.

Scanorama is ranked 985th in the world and 10th in Nordic Lands for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Largest Publishing Industry: 30thMost Cultured: 90thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 166thMost Rebellious Youth: 170thSmartest Citizens: 219thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 220thMost Influential: 262ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 277thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 289thHighest Crime Rates: 291stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 334thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 399thMost Armed: 453rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 494thMost Cheerful Citizens: 576thLargest Information Technology Sector: 601stMost Scientifically Advanced: 631stLargest Retail Industry: 633rdHighest Average Incomes: 665thHighest Economic Output: 680thLeast Corrupt Governments: 773rdRudest Citizens: 855thMost Secular: 942ndMost Efficient Economies: 985thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,182ndFattest Citizens: 1,495thTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,524thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,731stMost Avoided: 2,532ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,419thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,800thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,991stMost Politically Free: 4,234thLargest Populations: 4,832ndLargest Mining Sector: 5,005thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 5,827thMost Stationary: 6,054thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,202ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,259thTop
Most Extreme: 7,588thMost Pro-Market: 8,131stLargest Black Market: 8,391stMost Inclusive: 9,480th
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionMost Extreme: 4th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Scanorama, claiming to have performed the Heimlich Maneuver is a popular defense for assault charges.
  • : Scanorama voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Extrajudicial Punishment Ban".
  • : Scanorama was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Following new legislation in Scanorama, the police are destroying all photographic evidence of their own existence.
  • : Following new legislation in Scanorama, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller.
  • : Following new legislation in Scanorama, artists are pillars of society.
  • : Following new legislation in Scanorama, citizens are regularly found digging for treasure in their gardens.
  • : Scanorama endorsed The Federal Republic of Esthmark.
  • : Scanorama was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Fattest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Scanorama, people seem disproportionately distraught when told a museum has a phones-off policy.


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