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Most Scientifically Advanced: 6,655th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 7,898th Most Developed: 7,915th
The Scientific Military States of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Superbus Via Inscientiae
Artyom Alekseyevich Chyornyj
Influence
Apprentice
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

Overview Factbook Dispatches Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Schrapnell

Population4.757 billion

CapitalArstotzka
LeaderArtyom Alekseyevich Chyornyj

CurrencyBullet
AnimalArstotzkian Eagle

The Scientific Military States of Schrapnell is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Artyom Alekseyevich Chyornyj with an iron fist, and renowned for its zero percent divorce rate, sprawling nuclear power plants, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 4.757 billion Arstotzkians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Arstotzka. The average income tax rate is 75.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Schrapnellian economy, worth 661 trillion Bullets a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 138,984 Bullets, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.4 times as much as the poorest.

New safety regulations require all cars manufactured in Schrapnell to be bombproof, the nation refuses to provide international aid, the military is researching proton packs and PK-meters to combat "unseen enemy forces", and more than one company makes the board game Monopoly. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Schrapnell's national animal is the Arstotzkian Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Schrapnell is ranked 12,570th in the world and 4th in Cynosure for Most Secular, with 81.22 Atheism Rate.

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 6,655thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,898thMost Developed: 7,915thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,004thTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 9,004thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,298thBest Weather: 9,758thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,013thLowest Crime Rates: 10,026thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,462ndLongest Average Lifespans: 11,030thSmartest Citizens: 11,240thLargest Insurance Industry: 11,359thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,378thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,537thMost Secular: 12,570thMost Cultured: 13,212thLargest Governments: 13,369thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,537thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,956thLargest Publishing Industry: 14,794thHighest Average Incomes: 15,390thMost Efficient Economies: 16,116thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,832nd
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Most Cultured: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionSafest: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Schrapnell's influence in Cynosure rose from "Squire" to "Apprentice".
  • : Following new legislation in Schrapnell, more than one company makes the board game Monopoly.
  • : Following new legislation in Schrapnell, the military is researching proton packs and PK-meters to combat "unseen enemy forces".
  • : Following new legislation in Schrapnell, the nation refuses to provide international aid.
  • : Following new legislation in Schrapnell, new safety regulations require all cars manufactured in Schrapnell to be bombproof.
  • : Schrapnell was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Schrapnell, legislators must raise their hands if they want to speak.
  • : Following new legislation in Schrapnell, a cat may look at a king and a dude can look at an ass.
  • : Following new legislation in Schrapnell, rabbits are known to spontaneously explode without warning.
  • : Following new legislation in Schrapnell, belligerent citizens shoot at passing clouds for 'violating their airspace'.

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