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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1,798th Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,135th Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,816th
The Unconventional Geniuses of
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For Talchyon and for Life!
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Talchyon

Population6.756 billion

CapitalNemo
LeaderActing Head Dr Lazarus Biltoff

CurrencyCredit
AnimalPrawn shrimp

The Unconventional Geniuses of Talchyon is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Acting Head Dr Lazarus Biltoff with an iron fist, and notable for its avowedly heterosexual populace, avant-garde cinema, and zero percent divorce rate. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.756 billion Talchyonites are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nemo. The average income tax rate is 49.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Talchyonian economy, worth a remarkable 1,257 trillion Credits a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 186,199 Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Economists claim no news is good news, the government's foreign policy statements are less threatening than a World Assembly cease-and-desist letter, the aims of top-secret Talchyonian science projects revolve around designing the perfect robot woman, and trails to natural wonders are littered with trash from reality film crews. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Talchyon's national animal is the Prawn shrimp, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Talchyon is ranked 160,878th in the world and 8th in Icarus for Most Primitive, scoring -679.21 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1,798thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,135thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,816thMost Devout: 3,612thLowest Crime Rates: 4,218thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,548thMost Efficient Economies: 5,972ndMost Developed: 6,493rdHighest Poor Incomes: 6,849thHighest Average Incomes: 7,037thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,187thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,618thHealthiest Citizens: 7,893rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,047thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 8,519thSafest: 8,676thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,887thHighest Economic Output: 10,522ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10,740thMost Stationary: 11,426thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,885thLargest Governments: 12,204thMost Authoritarian: 12,344thMost Pacifist: 12,788thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,039thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,250thLargest Retail Industry: 14,402ndMost Influential: 14,529thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,387th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Talchyon was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Talchyon, trails to natural wonders are littered with trash from reality film crews.
  • : Following new legislation in Talchyon, the aims of top-secret Talchyonian science projects revolve around designing the perfect robot woman.
  • : Following new legislation in Talchyon, the government's foreign policy statements are less threatening than a World Assembly cease-and-desist letter.
  • : Following new legislation in Talchyon, economists claim no news is good news.
  • : Following new legislation in Talchyon, sullen teenagers in bright orange 'community payback' onesies can be seen picking litter at the roadside.
  • : Following new legislation in Talchyon, the nation's new Mylab space station is notorious for being the loneliest place above the planet.
  • : Following new legislation in Talchyon, every product goes through extensive safety-testing by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Talchyon, graffiti artists spend lengthy periods of time in jail.
  • : Following new legislation in Talchyon, flatulent people are left to die of cancer at the end of hospital waiting lists.

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