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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,081stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,352ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,716th
The Socialist Worker's Republic of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Workers of Scandinavia, Unite!
Chairman Robert Mathiasson
Influence
Eminence Grise
Military Juggernaut
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Some

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Swaden

Population10.379 billion

CapitalStockholm
LeaderChairman Robert Mathiasson
FaithState Atheism

CurrencySwadenian Krone
AnimalMoose

The Socialist Worker's Republic of Swaden is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Chairman Robert Mathiasson with an even hand, and notable for its state-planned economy, otherworldly petting zoo, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 10.379 billion Swadenians 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 medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stockholm. The average income tax rate is 82.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Swadenian economy, worth a remarkable 1,850 trillion Swadenian Kroner 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, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Automobile Manufacturing. 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 178,299 Swadenian Kroner, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.5 times as much as the poorest.

An aboriginal talking stick is used for leaders' debates at election time, the latest guided missile cruiser "Ship-1642" has received precisely zero column inches in the press, rugby players that knock each other over always stop to make sure the other fellow is okay, and shady doctors seem to have impeccable records. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Swaden's national animal is the Moose, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is State Atheism.

Swaden is ranked 19,531st in the world and 2nd in United Federation of the Blanji Alliance for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 4,838.28 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,081stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,352ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,716thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,265thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,409thLargest Mining Sector: 5,718thLowest Crime Rates: 6,126thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,202ndLargest Black Market: 6,327thMost Patriotic: 6,479thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,390thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,320thHighest Average Incomes: 9,394thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,405thHighest Economic Output: 9,505thLargest Governments: 9,605thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 11,456thMost Developed: 11,738thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,625thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,666thMost Secular: 14,852ndMost Subsidized Industry: 16,222ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,615thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16,637thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,728thMost Efficient Economies: 16,778thMost Stationary: 17,888thSmartest Citizens: 18,136thLongest Average Lifespans: 18,857thLargest Insurance Industry: 19,531stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 20,593rd
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Swaden, shady doctors seem to have impeccable records.
  • : Following new legislation in Swaden, rugby players that knock each other over always stop to make sure the other fellow is okay.
  • : Following new legislation in Swaden, the latest guided missile cruiser "Ship-1642" has received precisely zero column inches in the press.
  • : Following new legislation in Swaden, an aboriginal talking stick is used for leaders' debates at election time.
  • : Swaden was reclassified from "Father Knows Best State" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • : Swaden's influence in United Federation of the Blanji Alliance rose from "Enforcer" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : Following new legislation in Swaden, gift baskets often contain working nukes.
  • : Following new legislation in Swaden, a video of Chairman Robert Mathiasson wearing shock-blue face paint and smashing an electric guitar in front of a frenzied crowd is on endless repeat on the nightly news.
  • : Following new legislation in Swaden, the new national campaign exhorts men to "Show Some Class - Don't Sit On Your Ass".
  • : Following new legislation in Swaden, the legislature keeps promising "more study" of corruption allegations against the parliamentary whip system.

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