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Most Rebellious Youth: 20,400th
The Republic of
Authoritarian Democracy
Peace and Justice
Influence
Apprentice
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Reasonable
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Thebest17

Population1.722 billion

Currencylira
Animalelephant

The Republic of Thebest17 is a massive, safe nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, ubiquitous missile silos, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, devout population of 1.722 billion Thebest17ians are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Spirituality. The average income tax rate is 52.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Thebest17ian economy, worth 83.2 trillion lire a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Basket Weaving, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Soda Sales, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 48,293 lire, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Leader is called 'Patches' at international summits, torture is commonly used to extract information from suspected criminals, lines of trenches demarcate the nation's borders, and pet owners must make a payment if their charges leave a deposit. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Thebest17's national animal is the elephant, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Thebest17 is ranked 192,682nd in the world and 156th in A Card Farm for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 358.39 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

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Most Rebellious Youth: 20,400th
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Nudest: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 8th in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 14th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Thebest17, pet owners must make a payment if their charges leave a deposit.
  • : Following new legislation in Thebest17, lines of trenches demarcate the nation's borders.
  • : Following new legislation in Thebest17, torture is commonly used to extract information from suspected criminals.
  • : Following new legislation in Thebest17, Leader is called 'Patches' at international summits.
  • : Following new legislation in Thebest17, children who display even minimal sporting aptitude are immediately assigned a personal trainer.
  • : Following new legislation in Thebest17, nerds everywhere are rejoicing as they are reunited with their computers.
  • : Following new legislation in Thebest17, the people consider response to rudeness to be an acceptable casus belli.
  • : Following new legislation in Thebest17, legislators toe the party line lest the Sergeant-at-Arms decide to conduct "truncheon practice" on the backbench.
  • : Following new legislation in Thebest17, sniffer dogs check train passengers for body odour.
  • : Following new legislation in Thebest17, the nation has nearly as many history museums as Thebest17ians.

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