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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,323rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,695thMost Secular: 2,824th
The Totally Independent Nation of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Libertarianism, what the hell is that?
Queen Jia Ming
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Spratly Islands

Population2.787 billion

CapitalItu Aba
LeaderQueen Jia Ming

CurrencyYuan
AnimalFeral Cat

The Totally Independent Nation of Spratly Islands is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Queen Jia Ming with an iron fist, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, zero percent divorce rate, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 2.787 billion Sprats are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Itu Aba. The average income tax rate is 90.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Sprat economy, worth 317 trillion Yuan 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 a large, well-organized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, Tourism, and Basket Weaving. 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 113,824 Yuan, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Love is a precious butterfly to be crushed under diplomatic protocol, nuclear warheads are frequently launched into space as a warning to invading meteoroids, onions have been banned due to their tendency to cause eye irritation, and the government sends submarines to retrieve bodies from shipwrecked submarines. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Spratly Islands's national animal is the Feral Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Spratly Islands is ranked 169,602nd in the world and 437th in 10000 Islands for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 212.18 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,323rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,695thMost Secular: 2,824thTop
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Most Influential: 4,169thMost Primitive: 4,334thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,866thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,441stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,791stLowest Crime Rates: 8,372ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,428thMost Patriotic: 9,924thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,329thMost Authoritarian: 11,633rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,360thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,445thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,555thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,134thMost Conservative: 14,822ndBest Weather: 15,037thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,221stLargest Governments: 16,569thSafest: 16,598thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 20,366thHighest Poor Incomes: 21,261stHealthiest Citizens: 23,880thLargest Black Market: 29,870th
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 10th in the regionMost Primitive: 29th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 34th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 37th in the regionMost Conservative: 42nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 44th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 52nd in the regionMost Secular: 53rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 54th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 76th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 82nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 84th in the regionMost Extreme: 84th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Spratly Islands lodged a message on the 10000 Islands Regional Message Board.
  • : Spratly Islands was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Best Weather.
  • : Spratly Islands was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Spratly Islands lodged a message on the 10000 Islands Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Spratly Islands, the government sends submarines to retrieve bodies from shipwrecked submarines.
  • : Following new legislation in Spratly Islands, onions have been banned due to their tendency to cause eye irritation.
  • : Following new legislation in Spratly Islands, nuclear warheads are frequently launched into space as a warning to invading meteoroids.
  • : Following new legislation in Spratly Islands, love is a precious butterfly to be crushed under diplomatic protocol.
  • : Following new legislation in Spratly Islands, the military is slashing spending on conventional arms and diverting it to spending on prosthetic arms.
  • : Spratly Islands was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Conservative.

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