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Largest Insurance Industry: 16,408thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20,927th
The Holy Empire of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Unity, Discipline, Work
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Power
Prime Minister
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Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Reasonable
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Kears

Population4.354 billion

CapitalAltona

Currencydenier
Animalparrot

The Holy Empire of The Kears is a massive, safe nation, notable for its compulsory military service, irreverence towards religion, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 4.354 billion Kearsians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The relatively small, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Administration, Law & Order, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Altona. The average income tax rate is 14.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Kearsian economy, worth 213 trillion deniers a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Door-to-door Insurance Sales industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Gambling, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 48,964 deniers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Courses in how to boil water are popular for formerly microwave-reliant Kearsians, directors of low-budget sci-fi films are flocking to use Altona as a backdrop, the central politburo bears the fruits of everyone's labor, and citizens pray for sunshine so that they can use illicit sundials for timekeeping. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low. The Kears's national animal is the parrot, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

The Kears is ranked 195,681st in the world and 7th in Hive for Highest Food Quality, scoring 7.8 on the Meeshlin-Starr Index.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 16,408thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20,927th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Kears, citizens pray for sunshine so that they can use illicit sundials for timekeeping.
  • : Following new legislation in The Kears, the central politburo bears the fruits of everyone's labor.
  • : The Kears was reclassified from "Father Knows Best State" to "Corrupt Dictatorship".
  • : Following new legislation in The Kears, directors of low-budget sci-fi films are flocking to use Altona as a backdrop.
  • : Following new legislation in The Kears, courses in how to boil water are popular for formerly microwave-reliant Kearsians.
  • : Following new legislation in The Kears, a sudden shout of "surprise!" does not herald a party for teachers.
  • : Following new legislation in The Kears, the internet has been placed under government control.
  • : Following new legislation in The Kears, the nation is completely gun-free.
  • : Following new legislation in The Kears, chrome-clad space marines are such stuff that dreams are made on.
  • : Following new legislation in The Kears, high school band practice is often crashed by technicolor-clad ravers.

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