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Largest Gambling Industry: 1st Most Devout: 4th Most Ignorant Citizens: 4th
The Mad King of Hell of
Iron Fist Consumerists
I am the daringest devil you've ever met, love.
The Mad King of Hell
Influence
Enforcer
WA Delegate / Lucifer
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Stalker

Population13.072 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 renowned for its frequent executions, zero percent divorce rate, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 13.072 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, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Spirituality, Industry, and Environment also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hell. The average income tax rate is 98.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Damned to Hell economy, worth a remarkable 8,731 trillion Souls a year, is mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Gambling, Trout Farming, and Retail. Average income is a breathtaking 667,965 Souls, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,583,059 per year while the poor average 118,527, a ratio of 21.8 to 1.

Drills and shovels have been banned as the government cracks down on any means of fracking, cubicles often double as graves as citizens literally work themselves to death, oddly simian-looking religious thugs beat up anyone who suggests humans are related to monkeys, and heavily-armed commandos play rock-paper-scissors over whether to execute criminals and foreign visitors. 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 11th in the world and 1st in Hell for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 27,522.96 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 1stMost Devout: 4thMost Ignorant Citizens: 4thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11thMost Primitive: 12thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 23rdMost Subsidized Industry: 43rdMost Armed: 45thLargest Black Market: 51stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 56thHighest Average Incomes: 57thMost Corrupt Governments: 64thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 66thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 66thHighest Crime Rates: 78thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 80thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 81stFattest Citizens: 94thMost Beautiful Environments: 106thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 121stLargest Agricultural Sector: 132ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 132ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 162ndLargest Insurance Industry: 220thRudest Citizens: 267thLargest Governments: 338thHighest Economic Output: 379thBest Weather: 391stLargest Retail Industry: 582ndTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 1,917thMost Influential: 2,195thMost Efficient Economies: 2,204thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,364thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,577thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,842ndNudest: 3,266thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,378thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,584thMost Stationary: 6,671stTop
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Largest Populations: 10,050thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,007thHighest Drug Use: 15,017th
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Most Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, heavily-armed commandos play rock-paper-scissors over whether to execute criminals and foreign visitors.
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, oddly simian-looking religious thugs beat up anyone who suggests humans are related to monkeys.
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, cubicles often double as graves as citizens literally work themselves to death.
  • : The Stalker was reclassified from "Corporate Police State" to "Iron Fist Consumerists".
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, drills and shovels have been banned as the government cracks down on any means of fracking.
  • : The Stalker voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn The Communist Bloc".
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, children who can't memorize their multiplication tables are sent to the mines.
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, the mining industry has taken a hit from tighter environmental regulations.
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, bread-gangs raid restaurant waste bins to stockpile uneaten rolls.
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, landless farmers wander forlornly in the government's many national parks.

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