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The Free Joy State was Condemned by Security Council Resolution # 333
Most Ignorant Citizens: 238thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 278thMost Devout: 357th
The Petrifying Procrastinations of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Obedience is Man's Greatest Strength
Influence
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Region
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Free Joy State

Population12.191 billion

CapitalGrand Central City
LeaderExalted Holiness
FaithThe True Church of the Exalted Holiness

CurrencySweeting
AnimalDove

The Petrifying Procrastinations of The Free Joy State is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Exalted Holiness with an iron fist, and notable for its fear of technology, enslaved workforce, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 12.191 billion Free Joyers 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 prioritizes Defense, although Spirituality, Industry, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Welfare and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Grand Central City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 64.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Free Joyish economy, worth a remarkable 2,987 trillion Sweetings 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Woodchip Exports, Uranium Mining, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. 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 amazing 245,088 Sweetings, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,083,464 per year while the poor average 34,683, a ratio of 31.2 to 1.

Police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom, above The Free Joy State there is only sky and the fear of the unknown, the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry, and citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over The Free Joy State. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. The Free Joy State's national animal is the Dove, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The True Church of the Exalted Holiness.

The Free Joy State is ranked 31,821st in the world and 710th in the Pacific for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 1,700.59 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 238thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 278thMost Devout: 357thMost Primitive: 394thLargest Insurance Industry: 788thLargest Black Market: 929thLargest Mining Sector: 964thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,302ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,309thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,345thFattest Citizens: 1,368thMost Avoided: 1,403rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,464thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,711thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,915thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,350thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,406thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,588thHighest Average Incomes: 3,676thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,717thHighest Economic Output: 4,754thMost Conservative: 4,823rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,321stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,838thLargest Gambling Industry: 9,979thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,523rdTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 12,719thLowest Crime Rates: 12,731stLargest Governments: 13,459thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,095thMost Influential: 14,096thMost Authoritarian: 14,869thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 22,148thLargest Populations: 23,129thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 23,189th
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9th in the regionMost Primitive: 10th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Devout: 13th in the regionLargest Black Market: 21st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 21st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 25th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 26th in the regionFattest Citizens: 26th in the regionMost Avoided: 34th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 35th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 36th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 43rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 50th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 51st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 54th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 64th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 65th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 66th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 100th in the regionLargest Populations: 116th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 125th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 192nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 207th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 208th in the regionMost Conservative: 212th in the regionMost Influential: 216th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 227th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 292nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 293rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 318th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 342nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 347th in the regionMost Stationary: 560th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 589th in the regionMost Extreme: 603rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Free Joy State was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : The Free Joy State was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over The Free Joy State.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, above The Free Joy State there is only sky and the fear of the unknown.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, children who believe in the tooth fairy are frequently shipped off to Bigtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, prisoners pray grey skies are gonna clear up.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, pre-eclampsia in pregnancy is treated with encouragement to take "long soothing walks".
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, the relatives of suicide victims tend to be angry rather than sad.

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