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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,007thHighest Crime Rates: 1,125thFattest Citizens: 1,799th
The Anarchic Land of
Anarchy
Knowledge is power
Influence
Hatchling
Region
Civil Rights
World Benchmark
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

The Empowered

Population5.347 billion

FaithCthulu Worship

CurrencyDollar
AnimalHuman

The Anarchic Land of The Empowered is a colossal, cultured nation, notable for its deadly medical pandemics, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 5.347 billion Empowered ones live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The tiny, corrupt, liberal, pro-business government is primarily concerned with Industry, although Education, Healthcare, and Administration are also considered important, while Environment and Law & Order receive no funds. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Empowered economy, worth 922 trillion Dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Gambling, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 172,585 Dollars, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,085,146 per year while the poor average 11,562, a ratio of 93.8 to 1.

Dinosaur breeders have a yabba-dabba-doo gay old time in The Empowered, exploding toys that leak battery acid are back in the shops after the government declared child safety 'over-rated', religious epiphanies are often cited as a reason for high school drop-outs, and burgers often list "miscellaneous meats" in their ingredients. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The Empowered's national animal is the Human, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Cthulu Worship.

The Empowered is ranked 208,345th in the world and 7,334th in Balder for Longest Average Lifespans, with 27.74 Years.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,007thHighest Crime Rates: 1,125thFattest Citizens: 1,799thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,857thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,980thTop
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Rudest Citizens: 2,104thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,131stMost Avoided: 2,252ndMost Armed: 2,275thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,511thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,620thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,411thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,600thLargest Retail Industry: 3,895thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,491stLargest Mining Sector: 4,930thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5,082ndMost Efficient Economies: 7,386thHighest Average Incomes: 9,403rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,881stTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,682ndLargest Publishing Industry: 11,582ndMost Cultured: 12,366thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,913thMost Inclusive: 13,883rdMost Subsidized Industry: 14,036thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 16,566thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,956thHighest Economic Output: 18,247thMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,126thMost Secular: 19,569thLargest Black Market: 19,974thMost Pro-Market: 20,636th
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 43rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 48th in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 82nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 89th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 93rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 95th in the regionMost Armed: 99th in the regionMost Avoided: 118th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 120th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 132nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 162nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 172nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 194th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 199th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 200th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 211th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 241st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 242nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 317th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 327th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 455th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 481st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 484th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 514th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 604th in the regionNudest: 645th in the regionMost Cultured: 680th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 696th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Empowered was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : The Empowered's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : The Empowered's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : The Empowered was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, Highest Wealthy Incomes, Fattest Citizens, and Rudest Citizens and the Top 5% for Largest Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in The Empowered, burgers often list "miscellaneous meats" in their ingredients.
  • : Following new legislation in The Empowered, religious epiphanies are often cited as a reason for high school drop-outs.
  • : Following new legislation in The Empowered, exploding toys that leak battery acid are back in the shops after the government declared child safety 'over-rated'.
  • : The Empowered was reclassified from "Civil Rights Lovefest" to "Anarchy".
  • : Following new legislation in The Empowered, dinosaur breeders have a yabba-dabba-doo gay old time in The Empowered.
  • : Following new legislation in The Empowered, a popular Empowered saying is 'wishing upon a fallen jet engine'.

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