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Largest Gambling Industry: 1st Most Ignorant Citizens: 3rd Most Devout: 4th
The Mad King of Hell of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
I am the daringest devil you've ever met, love.
The Mad King of Hell
Influence
Eminence Grise
WA Delegate / Lucifer
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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The Stalker

Population13.924 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 even hand, and renowned for its infamous sell-swords, frequent executions, and enforced nudity. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 13.924 billion Damned Souls have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt 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 98.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Damned to Hell economy, worth a remarkable 9,750 trillion Souls a year, is fairly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Gambling, Trout Farming, and Retail. Average income is a breathtaking 700,284 Souls, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,593,119 per year while the poor average 133,166, a ratio of 19.5 to 1.

Strange men lingering in offices distributing television sets is a basis for a system of government, street gangs rule most of the nation's major cities, the media have begun calling the government treasury "The Mad King of Hell's stash", and the new Liquor Legitimacy Office is besieged with applications from people who have experience in "statistical sampling methods". 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 102,699th in the world and 31st in Hell for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry, scoring 136.52 on the Tasmanian Pulp Environmental Export Index.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 1stMost Ignorant Citizens: 3rdMost Devout: 4thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5thMost Primitive: 11thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18thMost Armed: 36thMost Subsidized Industry: 37thHighest Average Incomes: 50thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 50thMost Corrupt Governments: 53rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 59thLargest Black Market: 59thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 62ndHighest Crime Rates: 64thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 66thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 67thFattest Citizens: 85thMost Beautiful Environments: 90thLargest Agricultural Sector: 105thRudest Citizens: 117thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 125thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 136thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 152ndLargest Insurance Industry: 234thLargest Retail Industry: 289thHighest Economic Output: 299thLargest Governments: 301stBest Weather: 351stHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,583rdTop
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Nudest: 1,924thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,942ndMost Influential: 2,067thMost Efficient Economies: 2,079thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,164thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,696thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,008thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,044thMost Stationary: 6,370thTop
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Largest Populations: 9,624thHighest Drug Use: 12,122ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,673rd
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Fattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionNudest: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, the new Liquor Legitimacy Office is besieged with applications from people who have experience in "statistical sampling methods".
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, the media have begun calling the government treasury "The Mad King of Hell's stash".
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, street gangs rule most of the nation's major cities.
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, strange men lingering in offices distributing television sets is a basis for a system of government.
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, weather reports simply advise Damned Souls to 'look outside'.
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, education for the poor is learning to ask "do you want fries with that?".
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, a fashion designer has been arrested for inciting hatred after claiming redheads couldn't pull off vermillion.
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, The Stalker successfully hosted the Hell Olympics.
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, concussed White Rabbitball players cannot remember their lineup position.
  • : Following new legislation in The Stalker, anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper.

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