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Largest Gambling Industry: 1st Most Ignorant Citizens: 3rd Most Devout: 5th
The Mad King of Hell of
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The Mad King of Hell
Influence
Eminence Grise
WA Delegate / Lucifer
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Stalker

Population15.066 billion

CapitalHell
LeaderThe Mad King of Hell
FaithDiscordianism

CurrencySoul
AnimalWhite Rabbit

The Mad King of Hell of The Stalker is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by The Mad King of Hell with an iron fist, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, complete lack of prisons, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 15.066 billion Damned Souls 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, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Spirituality, Industry, and Environment are also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hell. The average income tax rate is 98.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Damned to Hell economy, worth an astonishing 11,049 trillion Souls a year, is mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Gambling, Retail, and Trout Farming. Average income is a breathtaking 733,416 Souls, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,596,062 per year while the poor average 149,602, a ratio of 17.4 to 1.

People all over The Stalker are dying of 'Mad White Rabbit Disease', the well-to-do in Hell are never on time for important appointments, oil executives can be seen reluctantly cleaning oil-soaked birds, and college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys. Crime is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The Stalker's national animal is the White Rabbit, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Discordianism.

The Stalker is ranked 175,483rd in the world and 57th in Hell for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -70.85 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 1stMost Ignorant Citizens: 3rdMost Devout: 5thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 6thMost Primitive: 11thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16thMost Armed: 29thMost Subsidized Industry: 29thMost Corrupt Governments: 41stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 44thHighest Average Incomes: 46thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 47thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 50thHighest Crime Rates: 55thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 56thLargest Black Market: 60thLargest Agricultural Sector: 62ndFattest Citizens: 62ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 63rdMost Beautiful Environments: 84thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 113thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 147thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 179thLargest Retail Industry: 189thLargest Insurance Industry: 208thHighest Economic Output: 248thLargest Governments: 259thRudest Citizens: 326thBest Weather: 371stHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,385thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,694thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 2,055thMost Influential: 2,082ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,219thNudest: 2,244thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,967thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,326thMost Stationary: 5,810thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,423rdTop
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Largest Populations: 9,151stHighest Drug Use: 13,603rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 16,575th
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Largest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Stalker was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys.
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, oil executives can be seen reluctantly cleaning oil-soaked birds.
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, the well-to-do in Hell are never on time for important appointments.
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, people all over The Stalker are dying of 'Mad White Rabbit Disease'.
  • : The Stalker voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Darkesia".
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, travellers are often forcibly evicted by torch-bearing mobs.
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, criminals and college students are taking an interest in the government's new weed-killing program.
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, foreign leaders never seem to want to shake hands with The Mad King of Hell.
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, thousands of picky mothers-in-law have been recruited to serve as even pickier cookery instructors.

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