by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,490th Largest Mining Sector: 1,675th Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,754th
The Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Work, Fatherland, Family
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population12.206 billion

LeaderAlicia Brightflame


The Empire of Woodstovia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Alicia Brightflame with an iron fist, and notable for its ban on automobiles, anti-smoking policies, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 12.206 billion Woodstovians 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, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Damocles. The average income tax rate is 73.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Woodstovian economy, worth a remarkable 2,276 trillion Krachvics a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 186,543 Krachvics, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Long-wed spouses often regret proposals they made when they were twenty, the military is on a massive recruiting drive in advance of an invasion of Brasilistan, homeowners are evicted to make way for new runways, and oracles predict landslide victories for Alicia Brightflame for the next 50 years. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Woodstovia's national animal is the Snake, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Staleech.

Woodstovia is ranked 21,018th in the world and 808th in Balder for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 288,596.98 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,490thLargest Mining Sector: 1,675thTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,754thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,785thLargest Black Market: 2,062ndMost Primitive: 2,307thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,988thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,640thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,998thLowest Crime Rates: 4,648thHighest Economic Output: 4,862ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,976thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,111thMost Conservative: 5,291stMost Devout: 5,339thMost Avoided: 6,096thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,137thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,624thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,953rdHighest Average Incomes: 6,962ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,291stTop
Largest Governments: 10,183rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,189thLargest Retail Industry: 11,359thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11,537thLargest Gambling Industry: 11,577thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 12,396thMost Authoritarian: 12,635thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13,032ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,761stLargest Populations: 14,639th
Largest Mining Sector: 86th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 89th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 100th in the regionLargest Black Market: 111th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 113th in the regionMost Primitive: 123rd in the regionMost Conservative: 149th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 172nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 203rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 214th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 216th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 245th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 259th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 283rd in the regionMost Devout: 290th in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 309th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 310th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 327th in the regionMost Avoided: 366th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 380th in the regionLargest Populations: 401st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 452nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 466th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 488th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 502nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 504th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 533rd in the regionLargest Governments: 566th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Woodstovia's influence in Balder rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Woodstovia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Woodstovia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Woodstovia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Mining Sector.
  • : Woodstovia's influence in Balder rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Woodstovia altered its national flag.
  • : Woodstovia altered its national flag.
  • : Woodstovia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector and the Top 10% for Largest Basket Weaving Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Woodstovia, oracles predict landslide victories for Alicia Brightflame for the next 50 years.
  • : Following new legislation in Woodstovia, homeowners are evicted to make way for new runways.


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