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The People's Republic of Banabistan

“Work hard and we might not kill you.” Milan Stojanovic

Category: Corporate Police State
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The North Pacific



Population1.359 billion

LeaderMilan Stojanovic
FaithState Atheism


The People's Republic of Banabistan is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Milan Stojanovic with an iron fist, and notable for its aversion to nipples, infamous sell-swords, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 1.359 billion Banabistanis 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 relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government prioritizes Law & Order, although Industry, Defense, and Education are also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kaempfstok. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 28.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Banabistani economy, worth 231 trillion lire a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an impressive 170,521 lire, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 818,747 per year while the poor average 20,737, a ratio of 39.5 to 1.

Foreign leaders who don't applaud Milan Stojanovic's speeches are regarded as enemies of Banabistan, parents often ask to see a credit report before lending money to their own children, travelers often bring empty plastic bottles on Air Banabistan flights to avoid the pay lavatories, and epileptic patients switch their medications to whichever has a 'buy one get one free' offer. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Banabistan's national animal is the dove, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is State Atheism.

Banabistan is ranked 139,071st in the world and 6,673rd in The North Pacific for Most Politically Free, scoring 6.86 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Largest Retail Industry: 689thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,022ndLargest Insurance Industry: 1,056thMost Secular: 1,455thTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,885thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,131stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,141stMost Influential: 3,107thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,443rdMost Corrupt Governments: 3,664thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,059thMost Avoided: 4,151stHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,168thMost Conservative: 5,102ndTop
Largest Mining Sector: 8,650thHighest Average Incomes: 8,788thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,000thLowest Crime Rates: 9,507thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,158thMost Extreme: 10,418thLargest Black Market: 10,915thMost Efficient Economies: 10,967thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,196thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,703rd
Largest Insurance Industry: 28th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 40th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 68th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 75th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 80th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 89th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 114th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 132nd in the regionMost Avoided: 134th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 136th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 179th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 230th in the regionMost Conservative: 294th in the regionLargest Black Market: 305th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 327th in the regionMost Extreme: 366th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 432nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 479th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 496th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 561st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 572nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 623rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 651st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 698th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 708th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Banabistan, epileptic patients switch their medications to whichever has a 'buy one get one free' offer.
  • : Following new legislation in Banabistan, travelers often bring empty plastic bottles on Air Banabistan flights to avoid the pay lavatories.
  • : Following new legislation in Banabistan, parents often ask to see a credit report before lending money to their own children.
  • : Banabistan endorsed The Dictatorship of Tellavinna.
  • : Banabistan was endorsed by The Dictatorship of Tellavinna.
  • : Following new legislation in Banabistan, foreign leaders who don't applaud Milan Stojanovic's speeches are regarded as enemies of Banabistan.
  • : Following new legislation in Banabistan, citizens who don't attend the nation's massive military parades tend to disappear overnight.
  • : Following new legislation in Banabistan, summer science camps are regularly raided by narcotics police.
  • : Following new legislation in Banabistan, the nation's most popular sport is sabotaging foreigners' hopes and dreams.
  • : Following new legislation in Banabistan, skin-tone prom dresses are more unpopular than ever.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 146 » Fayyayid, El Fiji Grande, Alunya, Territorio di Nessuno, Notyoutopia, Corfad, Shin-Hachioji, The Rhein States, Yaorozu, Ethnon, Loutsland, Acrabinnia, Great Bights Mum, Former English Colony, Omnistria, Koda-Land, Destructive Government Endorsing System, New Pruessen, GRANDE IMPERIO ORIENTAL PAGAO EUDUARDO, Tsardom of Leonlandia, Test for a new hope, Elder Realms, Shadowrik, Napnomadia, Sinelona, Kasazzastan, Ikea Rike, Shibutani, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Maott, Federation Terra Australis, Torakuen, Sunto, Kwaj, Malta Comino Gozo, Black Templares, Wilkshire, Trillius, Joodey, Dar es Saalam, Sheldanada, North Bratislava, Makersaulache, Jasminlandia, New Bremerton, Dreadton, Sundred, Guer Aike, PlanetPunk, Frances Francis the First of France, and 96 others.Steampunk Ariel, Spartoptia, Constantinolia, Wineclaw, Conservadoria, 1 very fast endotarter, Selfgradatude, Xentherida, Pasargad, Sil Dorsett, Amauri, Astrind, Ejhsa, Aratani, Ibiscaton, Lomjia, Solidair, Cinnibar, Holy Oranz, Siwale, Viridiann, Abject Ludicrosity, Glurponia, Zumlandia, Moisus, Babacar, Narwhal, Free Azzaca, Bananaaaaa, Ostrolia, Kobagia, The Serdey Islands, British Pacific Islands, Steraz, SORT, Xzavia-Hjar, Subjugators, Egalico, Sockmanland, Wisconsota, Seenvorland, Haor Chall, Utopicican, Bearical, United Non-Southern American Empire, Lindsaystan, Elestrum, Penrith, Soviet Terran, Rkainjel, Runeda, Pallaith, Vincone Cae, Cuyan, Orado, Daiz, Great Javadwipa, Princely Irbis, Scientific empire, Valhalla123, Juggernautilus, Tamgu, Zeternia, Concordare, The Tampa Bay Rays, New Octicarg, Lanterkint, Styrica, Newpromisedland, Dramanian, The Derpercratic Empire of Derpiness, Chile Libertario, Grimandia, Duerrlewang, Victoriaans Nederlands, Some Random TNP Nation, Quebekistand, Partax, McMasterdonia, Faircliff, General COE, Frie Annium, The Stratosphere Islands, Votak Matim, Delmak, Fizban, Miruma, Orven, Guslantis, Solskjar, Ponantine, Sea Ghost, Great Robertia, The Notorious Mad Jack, Racoda, and Tellavinna.

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