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Most Advanced Public Education: 643rd Largest Welfare Programs: 686th Most Rebellious Youth: 717th
The Rogue Nation of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
You can solve your own problems, quit complaining.
Influence
Hegemony
Previous Founder
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Shaggtopia

Population8.704 billion

CapitalEverywhere
LeaderThe Grand Nobody
FaithControl

CurrencyRuble
AnimalParus major

The Rogue Nation of Shaggtopia is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by The Grand Nobody with an even hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, free-roaming dinosaurs, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 8.704 billion Shaggtopians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous government prioritizes Education, with Welfare, Healthcare, and Environment also on the agenda, while Law & Order and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Everywhere. The average income tax rate is 98.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Shaggtopian economy, worth a remarkable 1,458 trillion Rubles a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 167,614 Rubles, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.9 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens select which government department gets their income tax Rubles each year, all work and no play has rendered the nation's children somewhat intelligent but also remarkably dull, the new biography of The Grand Nobody is subtitled "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Hate the Bomb", and the roar of the Niagara 3000 mega-loo can be heard several blocks away. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Shaggtopia's national animal is the Parus major, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Control.

Shaggtopia is ranked 18,200th in the world and 1st in Apathy for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 6,087.56 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Top
1%
Most Advanced Public Education: 643rdLargest Welfare Programs: 686thMost Rebellious Youth: 717thMost Inclusive: 1,159thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,230thMost Armed: 1,575thMost Cultured: 1,580thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,728thTop
5%
Most Developed: 1,801stHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,213thSmartest Citizens: 2,472ndHighest Crime Rates: 2,750thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,839thLargest Governments: 3,243rdLargest Publishing Industry: 3,290thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,398thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,403rdLongest Average Lifespans: 3,543rdMost Efficient Economies: 4,286thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,621stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,883rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,911thHealthiest Citizens: 6,218thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,827thMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,899thHighest Economic Output: 8,808thTop
10%
Highest Average Incomes: 9,538thRudest Citizens: 9,617thNicest Citizens: 10,238thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,266thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,535thNudest: 13,364thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,922ndMost Secular: 15,839thHighest Drug Use: 16,436th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Shaggtopia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Shaggtopia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Shaggtopia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Shaggtopia, the roar of the Niagara 3000 mega-loo can be heard several blocks away.
  • : Following new legislation in Shaggtopia, the new biography of The Grand Nobody is subtitled "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Hate the Bomb".
  • : Following new legislation in Shaggtopia, all work and no play has rendered the nation's children somewhat intelligent but also remarkably dull.
  • : Following new legislation in Shaggtopia, citizens select which government department gets their income tax Rubles each year.
  • : Following new legislation in Shaggtopia, all new "spies" are fifteen-year-old acne-ridden kids on computers.
  • : Following new legislation in Shaggtopia, government bureaucrats devote many man-hours to trying to measure unquantifiables.
  • : Following new legislation in Shaggtopia, smoking is banned in public areas.

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