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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 675thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 835thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,181st
The Universal Union of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Quod gratis asseritur, gratis negatur.
Overseer Galdon
Influence
Hermit
Founder
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The V O I D

Population13.577 billion

CapitalCentral Complex
LeaderOverseer Galdon
FaithVoidism

CurrencyCredit
AnimalEntity

The Universal Union of The V O I D is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Overseer Galdon with an iron fist, and remarkable for its closed borders, barren, inhospitable landscape, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 13.577 billion Voidborne 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 juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Central Complex. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 71.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Voidborne economy, worth a remarkable 2,910 trillion Credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Automobile Manufacturing, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 214,340 Credits, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,466,192 per year while the poor average 11,303, a ratio of 129 to 1.

Squeaky high prepubescent voices recite the patriotic poem "Hail to The Leader!" before each meal, citizens who don't recite the Pledge of The V O I D at least three times a day are placed on a terrorist watch-list, minefields are being deployed along the border to discourage potential emigrants from trying to leave, and adults have never outgrown their fear of monsters. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. The V O I D's national animal is the Entity, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Voidism.

The V O I D is ranked 835th in the world and 1st in V O I D D O M I N I O N for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 15,943.78 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Top
1%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 675thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 835thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,181stLargest Black Market: 1,412thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,512thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,605thTop
5%
Most Corrupt Governments: 2,199thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,540thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,364thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,066thHighest Economic Output: 4,327thMost Stationary: 4,803rdFattest Citizens: 5,122ndHighest Average Incomes: 5,261stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,370thLowest Crime Rates: 5,617thLargest Mining Sector: 6,789thLargest Retail Industry: 7,672ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,762ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,958thMost Avoided: 9,256thMost Influential: 10,324thTop
10%
Largest Governments: 11,085thLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,476thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14,150thMost Secular: 15,749thLargest Populations: 16,487thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,796thLargest Insurance Industry: 16,821st

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, adults have never outgrown their fear of monsters.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, minefields are being deployed along the border to discourage potential emigrants from trying to leave.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, citizens who don't recite the Pledge of The V O I D at least three times a day are placed on a terrorist watch-list.
  • : The V O I D was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, squeaky high prepubescent voices recite the patriotic poem "Hail to The Leader!" before each meal.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, Voidborne seem to be catching more chills.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, mandatory updates on software drivers often bring life to a halt.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, the breathalyser pledge is a traditional part of marriages in The V O I D.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, anyone dissenting from the state ideology is declared "mentally ill" and whisked away in a straitjacket.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, suppression of pro-democracy protests is a daily occurrence.

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