by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,148th Most Armed: 1,434th Nudest: 2,388th
The Armed Republic of
Corporate Police State
Life sucks - and then you die
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Armed Republic of Whirostan is a huge, orderly nation, notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 423 million Whirostanians 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 is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Industry is also considered important, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 27.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Whirostanian economy, worth 38.1 trillion seths a year, is dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Gambling, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is 90,057 seths, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 441,920 per year while the poor average 10,504, a ratio of 42.1 to 1.

Breast milk lattes are the newest fad among hip urbanites, whales in captivity live in little more than glorified goldfish bowls, parents are legally not allowed to tell a child to stop eating their boogers, and school lessons are constantly interrupted by 'teacher needs a break' time. Crime is a major problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Whirostan's national animal is the scorpion, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Whirostan is ranked 58,022nd in the world and 3,131st in The North Pacific for Largest Retail Industry, scoring 2,724.82 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,148thMost Armed: 1,434thTop
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Nudest: 2,388thMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,443rdHighest Crime Rates: 3,659thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,684thMost Influential: 3,975thMost Avoided: 4,029thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,253rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,910thLargest Mining Sector: 5,342ndLargest Gambling Industry: 5,467thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,786thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 8,455thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,318thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,791stMost Extreme: 15,946th
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1%
Most Armed: 40th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 65th in the regionNudest: 87th in the regionTop
5%
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 98th in the regionMost Avoided: 115th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 119th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 121st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 136th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 148th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 159th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 240th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 284th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 307th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 330th in the regionLargest Black Market: 432nd in the regionTop
10%
Most Extreme: 715th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 733rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Whirostan was endorsed by The Rogue Nation of Midds Conia.
  • : Whirostan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Following new legislation in Whirostan, school lessons are constantly interrupted by 'teacher needs a break' time.
  • : Following new legislation in Whirostan, parents are legally not allowed to tell a child to stop eating their boogers.
  • : Following new legislation in Whirostan, whales in captivity live in little more than glorified goldfish bowls.
  • : Following new legislation in Whirostan, breast milk lattes are the newest fad among hip urbanites.
  • : Following new legislation in Whirostan, hit TV show 'The eXecution Factor' is a critical success.
  • : Following new legislation in Whirostan, farm turkeys are given high doses of antidepressants to take their minds off the holiday season.
  • : Following new legislation in Whirostan, every new toxic waste dump comes with a seal of approval from the government's science advisor.
  • : Following new legislation in Whirostan, chalkboards are replaced with billboards in the classroom.

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