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Most Devout: 1,035thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,042ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,710th
The First of
Moralistic Democracy
Fish Eat
Influence
Duckspeaker
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Some

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Select Two

Population13.482 billion

CapitalAcceptable
LeaderNot One
Faithfor weak people

CurrencyBill
AnimalPet

The First of Select Two is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Not One with an even hand, and renowned for its national health service, frequent executions, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 13.482 billion Twools are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The large, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Acceptable. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 91.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Twoolish economy, worth a remarkable 2,710 trillion Bills a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Woodchip Exports, and Information Technology. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 201,015 Bills, with the richest citizens earning 7.1 times as much as the poorest.

An underground group of geologists hides new discoveries to protect them from being destroyed in the name of safety, the government is lending a hand to private industry, vital intelligence-gathering activities are put on hold as agents return home for seduction training and advanced poker instruction, and child adoption by homosexual couples has been outlawed. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Select Two's national animal is the Pet, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is for weak people.

Select Two is ranked 13,566th in the world and 12th in Australia for Most Influential, scoring 3,922 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Most Devout: 1,035thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,042ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,710thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,791stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,838thFattest Citizens: 2,054thLargest Retail Industry: 2,156thMost Efficient Economies: 2,615thTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,147thRudest Citizens: 3,672ndMost Corrupt Governments: 3,892ndLowest Crime Rates: 4,184thLargest Black Market: 4,440thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,305thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,787thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,251stLargest Governments: 6,635thHighest Economic Output: 6,676thNudest: 6,861stMost Cultured: 7,341stHighest Average Incomes: 7,361stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,451stHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,099thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,606thLargest Mining Sector: 9,874thTop
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Most Influential: 13,566thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,661stMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,127thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,343rdLargest Insurance Industry: 21,853rdLargest Populations: 23,791stHighest Poor Incomes: 24,981stLargest Information Technology Sector: 25,343rdMost Patriotic: 25,851st
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Most Devout: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Select Two was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Following new legislation in Select Two, child adoption by homosexual couples has been outlawed.
  • : Following new legislation in Select Two, vital intelligence-gathering activities are put on hold as agents return home for seduction training and advanced poker instruction.
  • : Following new legislation in Select Two, the government is lending a hand to private industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Select Two, an underground group of geologists hides new discoveries to protect them from being destroyed in the name of safety.
  • : Following new legislation in Select Two, the nation's diplomats shake hands with those whose hands are drenched in the blood of innocents.
  • : Following new legislation in Select Two, mathematicians are hated by children across the country.
  • : Following new legislation in Select Two, maintaining economic growth is no laughing matter.
  • : Following new legislation in Select Two, the atmosphere in Twoolish boardrooms is turning more gay.
  • : Following new legislation in Select Two, scientists earn more grant money for reproducing old experiments than trying anything new.

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