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Largest Welfare Programs: 4,742ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,321stLargest Publishing Industry: 7,011th
The Democratic Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
Equality and Safety are Necessary in Society
Influence
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Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Talmon

Population316 million

CapitalMattachine

CurrencyTalm
Animaldog

The Democratic Republic of Talmon is a huge, genial nation, notable for its irreverence towards religion, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 316 million Talmonians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mattachine. The average income tax rate is 68.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Talmonian economy, worth 22.1 trillion Talms a year, is dominated by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Trout Farming, and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 69,807 Talms, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Corporate lawyers are switching careers to the more lucrative field of green politics, future forecasters fearfully discuss grey goo and human obsolescence, viewers get headaches from trying to read the screen full of small print warnings that precede most TV shows, and Talmon's free colleges struggle to maintain standards in the face of overwhelming demand. Crime is totally unknown. Talmon's national animal is the dog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Talmon is ranked 260,136th in the world and 353rd in Refugia for Most Patriotic, with 0.71 flags saluted per person per day.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 4,742ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,321stLargest Publishing Industry: 7,011thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,390thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,164thNicest Citizens: 11,227thMost Pacifist: 12,155thLeast Corrupt Governments: 12,490thTop
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Most Influential: 15,419thBest Weather: 18,861stMost Advanced Public Education: 19,565thLongest Average Lifespans: 19,957thMost Cheerful Citizens: 20,259thMost Rebellious Youth: 20,775thHighest Food Quality: 21,032ndMost Inclusive: 21,142ndMost Beautiful Environments: 21,744thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22,929thHealthiest Citizens: 23,028thMost Cultured: 23,284thSmartest Citizens: 23,524thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 25,878thMost Valuable International Artwork: 27,194th
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Largest Publishing Industry: 13th in the regionTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 26th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 42nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Talmon, Talmon's free colleges struggle to maintain standards in the face of overwhelming demand.
  • : Following new legislation in Talmon, viewers get headaches from trying to read the screen full of small print warnings that precede most TV shows.
  • : Following new legislation in Talmon, future forecasters fearfully discuss grey goo and human obsolescence.
  • : Following new legislation in Talmon, corporate lawyers are switching careers to the more lucrative field of green politics.
  • : Talmon was reclassified from "Civil Rights Lovefest" to "Left-wing Utopia".
  • : Following new legislation in Talmon, the comic book series 'Leader and the Villainous Corporate Cronies' is a best-seller.
  • : Talmon was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments and the Top 10% for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Talmon, business meetings across the country are interrupted by the sound of squeaking whoopee-cushions.
  • : Following new legislation in Talmon, new safety regulations require all cars manufactured in Talmon to be bombproof.
  • : Following new legislation in Talmon, teenage male videogamers often suffer repetitive strain wrist injuries.

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