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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,084th Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,226th Largest Black Market: 1,417th
The Circus of
Corporate Police State
It's time to float.
Pennywise the Dancing Clown
Influence
Hermit
Founder
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The V O I D

Population8.948 billion

CapitalThe Circus
LeaderPennywise the Dancing Clown
FaithClown Worship

CurrencyCotton Candy
AnimalRed Balloon

The Circus of The V O I D is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Pennywise the Dancing Clown with an iron fist, and remarkable for its national health service, enslaved workforce, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 8.948 billion Freaks are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The medium-sized, corrupt, pro-business, 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 The Circus. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 67.2%.

The all-consuming Freaky economy, worth a remarkable 1,655 trillion Cotton Candies a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Automobile Manufacturing, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 185,061 Cotton Candies, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 855,801 per year while the poor average 24,142, a ratio of 35.4 to 1.

Student exchange programs are in trouble as everyone wants to leave but no-one wants to come, visual acuity is worsening amongst teenagers, the well-off amuse themselves by organizing upstairs-downstairs stories within their second homes, and foreigners must sell an arm and a leg to afford surgery in The V O I D. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. The V O I D's national animal is the Red Balloon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Clown Worship.

The V O I D is ranked 85,074th in the world and 1st in V O I D D O M I N I O N for Safest, scoring 82.07 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

Top
1%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,084thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,226thLargest Black Market: 1,417thTop
5%
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,017thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,068thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,467thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,337thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,414thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,940thFattest Citizens: 4,909thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,560thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,714thMost Stationary: 6,294thHighest Economic Output: 6,523rdHighest Average Incomes: 6,859thLargest Mining Sector: 7,320thLowest Crime Rates: 7,486thMost Avoided: 8,659thLargest Retail Industry: 8,896thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,118thTop
10%
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10,341stMost Influential: 11,218thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,547thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13,517thLargest Governments: 14,169thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,451st

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, foreigners must sell an arm and a leg to afford surgery in The V O I D.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, the well-off amuse themselves by organizing upstairs-downstairs stories within their second homes.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, visual acuity is worsening amongst teenagers.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, student exchange programs are in trouble as everyone wants to leave but no-one wants to come.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, foreign students are expected to have a Kegmeister Grade Average of 36-24-36 to qualify for university.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, the secret service is working overtime to find anyone publishing unauthorized material about Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, the new universal healthcare system has been dubbed Pennywise the Dancing Clown-care by its detractors.
  • : The V O I D was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Insurance Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, money always talks but the taboo subject of death just brings silence.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, the military sees national borders more as guidelines than absolutes.

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