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Most Authoritarian: 209thMost Income Equality: 566thMost Conservative: 668th
The United Socialist States of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Nation of Humility and Justice
Influence
Newcomer
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Imploded
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Far Southern Swamplands

Population351 million

CurrencyBit
AnimalPigeon

The United Socialist States of The Far Southern Swamplands is a huge, orderly nation, renowned for its avant-garde cinema, avowedly heterosexual populace, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 351 million Far Southern Swamplandsians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. The average income tax rate is 83.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Far Southern Swamplandsian economy, worth 2.47 trillion Bits 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 slick, highly efficient, highly specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Uranium Mining. 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 7,023 Bits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Politicians look weirdly alike, government statistics suggest 115% of the population love Leader, historical commemorations regularly devolve into militaristic jingoism, and hiding wrinkles with make-up is illegal. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Far Southern Swamplands's national animal is the Pigeon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

The Far Southern Swamplands is ranked 98,779th in the world and 3,160th in The East Pacific for Most Influential, scoring 130 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Most Authoritarian: 209thMost Income Equality: 566thMost Conservative: 668thMost Extreme: 1,279thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,517thMost Ignorant Citizens: 8,094thTop
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Most Armed: 11,105thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,104thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,863rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,030thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,039thLowest Crime Rates: 18,565thMost Devout: 21,130th
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Most Authoritarian: 2nd in the regionMost Extreme: 3rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 11th in the regionMost Conservative: 35th in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 213th in the regionMost Armed: 270th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 337th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 427th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 458th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 477th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 492nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 554th in the regionMost Devout: 716th in the regionLargest Governments: 839th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Far Southern Swamplands, hiding wrinkles with make-up is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in The Far Southern Swamplands, historical commemorations regularly devolve into militaristic jingoism.
  • : Following new legislation in The Far Southern Swamplands, government statistics suggest 115% of the population love Leader.
  • : Following new legislation in The Far Southern Swamplands, politicians look weirdly alike.
  • : Following new legislation in The Far Southern Swamplands, school uniforms are compulsory.
  • : Following new legislation in The Far Southern Swamplands, The Far Southern Swamplands has designated The Far Southern Swamplands City as its capital city.
  • : Following new legislation in The Far Southern Swamplands, cinemas play art-house movies to ever-shrinking audiences as film critics rule the industry.
  • : Following new legislation in The Far Southern Swamplands, war criminals are given full state funerals.
  • : Following new legislation in The Far Southern Swamplands, the nation's navy has been named the scourge of the seven thousand seas.
  • : Following new legislation in The Far Southern Swamplands, the country has been 'going shopping' by annexing nearby nations for their resources.

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