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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 190th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 194th Fattest Citizens: 272nd
The Holy Empire of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Deus est Machina
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Steel Fraternity

Population19.215 billion

CapitalIron Bay
LeaderBrother-Polymath Keyes
Faiththe Scientific Church of Christ


The Holy Empire of The Steel Fraternity is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Brother-Polymath Keyes with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, unlimited-speed roads, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 19.215 billion Skorzenians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Iron Bay. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Skorzenian economy, worth a remarkable 6,700 trillion ingots a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 348,704 ingots, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,160,029 per year while the poor average 24,287, a ratio of 88.9 to 1.

Apprentice builders get teased for wearing hard hats, Skorzenian watches list strained wrists as a common side effect, chest pains are considered part of the dining experience in Skorzenian restaurants, and it is considered unpatriotic to learn a foreign language. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. The Steel Fraternity's national animal is the ant, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is the Scientific Church of Christ.

The Steel Fraternity is ranked 15,706th in the world and 377th in Balder for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 190thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 194thFattest Citizens: 272ndMost Armed: 303rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 305thLargest Gambling Industry: 324thMost Avoided: 329thHighest Disposable Incomes: 369thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 399thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 400thHighest Crime Rates: 475thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 485thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 620thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 622ndLargest Mining Sector: 742ndHighest Economic Output: 808thHighest Average Incomes: 952ndLargest Insurance Industry: 972ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,028thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,286thRudest Citizens: 1,365thLargest Retail Industry: 1,385thTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,025thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,205thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,758thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,070thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,111thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,177thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,195thLargest Populations: 5,489thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,604thTop
Most Pro-Market: 7,882ndLargest Black Market: 8,593rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,788thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,741stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10,588thMost Efficient Economies: 12,385thMost Devout: 12,551st
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9th in the regionMost Armed: 9th in the regionMost Avoided: 9th in the regionFattest Citizens: 10th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 11th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 18th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 19th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 19th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 19th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 20th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 28th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 33rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 33rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 34th in the regionRudest Citizens: 41st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 46th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 47th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 52nd in the regionTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 81st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 90th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 93rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 105th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 110th in the regionLargest Populations: 124th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 165th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 210th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 214th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 226th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 377th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 413th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 419th in the regionLargest Black Market: 432nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 474th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Steel Fraternity, it is considered unpatriotic to learn a foreign language.
  • : Following new legislation in The Steel Fraternity, chest pains are considered part of the dining experience in Skorzenian restaurants.
  • : Following new legislation in The Steel Fraternity, Skorzenian watches list strained wrists as a common side effect.
  • : Following new legislation in The Steel Fraternity, apprentice builders get teased for wearing hard hats.
  • : Following new legislation in The Steel Fraternity, it's best not to ask what goes into Iron Bay Fried Chicken's secret blend of herbs and spices.
  • : Following new legislation in The Steel Fraternity, international trade is a sticky issue.
  • : Following new legislation in The Steel Fraternity, the nation's generous tax credits have brought all the film studios to the yard.
  • : Following new legislation in The Steel Fraternity, five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars.
  • : The Steel Fraternity was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • : The Steel Fraternity's influence in Balder rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".


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