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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,364th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,407th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,488th
The Circus of
Compulsory Consumerist State
It's time to float.
Pennywise the Dancing Clown
Influence
Hermit
Founder
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Rare

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The V O I D

Population8.171 billion

CapitalThe Circus
LeaderPennywise the Dancing Clown
FaithClown Worship

CurrencyCotton Candy
AnimalRed Balloon

The Circus of The V O I D is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Pennywise the Dancing Clown with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, deadly medical pandemics, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 8.171 billion Freaks 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 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 65.6%.

The powerhouse Freaky economy, worth a remarkable 1,488 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 182,153 Cotton Candies, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,035,644 per year while the poor average 15,607, a ratio of 66.4 to 1.

Scientists are researching the best way to kill off humanity to prevent catastrophic war, sex changes are routinely performed at The V O I D's hospitals, in a fit of passion Pennywise the Dancing Clown has shredded thirty years' worth of petitions, and war criminals are given full state funerals. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded 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 60,152nd in the world and 1st in V O I D D O M I N I O N for Most Authoritarian, with 0.36 Stalins.

Top
1%
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,364thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,407thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,488thLargest Black Market: 1,568thTop
5%
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,010thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,730thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,252ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,671stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,018thFattest Citizens: 4,357thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,215thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,460thHighest Average Incomes: 6,814thMost Stationary: 6,868thLowest Crime Rates: 6,974thHighest Economic Output: 7,123rdLargest Mining Sector: 7,436thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,656thLargest Retail Industry: 8,393rdTop
10%
Most Avoided: 8,592ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,287thMost Pro-Market: 9,770thMost Influential: 11,023rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,507thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13,288thLargest Governments: 14,280thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,472nd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The V O I D was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : The V O I D was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, war criminals are given full state funerals.
  • : The V O I D was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : The V O I D was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Avoided.
  • : The V O I D was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Dead.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, in a fit of passion Pennywise the Dancing Clown has shredded thirty years' worth of petitions.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, sex changes are routinely performed at The V O I D's hospitals.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, scientists are researching the best way to kill off humanity to prevent catastrophic war.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, nuclear submarines have been deployed to protect the nation's banana supply.

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