by Max Barry

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 48th Largest Mining Sector: 85th Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 110th
The Police State of
Corporate Police State
All Hail Steve!
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population30.271 billion



The Police State of Steveoville is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Steve with an iron fist, and remarkable for its infamous sell-swords, parental licensing program, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 30.271 billion Steveovilleans are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The minute, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Defense, with Industry and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Environment and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stevetown. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Steveovillean economy, worth an astonishing 11,132 trillion Stevniks a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Woodchip Exports, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 367,750 Stevniks, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,831,452 per year while the poor average 41,674, a ratio of 43.9 to 1.

The jackhammer is considered a tool of artistic criticism, punitive tariffs protect local industry, tombstones are ten feet high to accommodate the names of inhabitants, and art criticism in Steveoville is scathingly destructive. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Steveoville's national animal is the Stevovitch, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Stevian.

Steveoville is ranked 106,018th in the world and 3,663rd in the West Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 50.27 on the Human Development Index.

Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 48thLargest Mining Sector: 85thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 110thMost Avoided: 117thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 201stFattest Citizens: 216thHighest Economic Output: 252ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 303rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 308thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 347thLargest Retail Industry: 436thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 464thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 472ndMost Stationary: 529thLargest Insurance Industry: 687thHighest Average Incomes: 754thMost Corrupt Governments: 793rdLargest Populations: 1,517thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,581stTop
Most Efficient Economies: 1,698thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,906thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,998thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,362ndRudest Citizens: 3,679thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,970thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,019thLargest Black Market: 6,123rdLargest Gambling Industry: 6,817thLowest Crime Rates: 7,860thTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,845thMost Influential: 9,553rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,832ndMost Pro-Market: 10,984thMost Conservative: 11,592ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,590thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13,082ndMost Secular: 14,377thMost Extreme: 15,012th
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Populations: 13th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 19th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 21st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 41st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 47th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 53rd in the regionTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 89th in the regionLargest Black Market: 100th in the regionRudest Citizens: 103rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 166th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 172nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 175th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 189th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 251st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 261st in the regionTop
Most Influential: 304th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 342nd in the regionMost Secular: 415th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 428th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 429th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 448th in the regionMost Conservative: 539th in the regionMost Extreme: 548th in the regionLargest Governments: 593rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 594th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Steveoville, art criticism in Steveoville is scathingly destructive.
  • : Following new legislation in Steveoville, tombstones are ten feet high to accommodate the names of inhabitants.
  • : Following new legislation in Steveoville, punitive tariffs protect local industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Steveoville, the jackhammer is considered a tool of artistic criticism.
  • : Following new legislation in Steveoville, an increasing number of citizens believe the world is flat.
  • : Following new legislation in Steveoville, farm turkeys are given high doses of antidepressants to take their minds off the holiday season.
  • : Following new legislation in Steveoville, terrified tympanists are finding themselves on the front lines armed only with kettledrums.
  • : Following new legislation in Steveoville, everyone apparently sends Steve hair-filled lockets, offers to die heroically, and poetic desires to co-parent a child.
  • : Following new legislation in Steveoville, frequent broken zippers have resulted in safety pins making a fashion comeback.
  • : Following new legislation in Steveoville, amusement park rides frequently collapse due to lack of maintenance.


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