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The People's Republic of Banabistan

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

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The North Pacific



Population3.295 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 renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, zero percent divorce rate, and aversion to nipples. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 3.295 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 juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Industry, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kaempfstok. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Banabistani economy, worth 877 trillion lire a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an amazing 266,388 lire, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,452,189 per year while the poor average 2,948, a ratio of 831 to 1.

Peace talks occasionally rack up a higher body count than the wars they seek to stop, Tom and Jerry cartoons have cat and mouse resolving their problems with reasoned discussion, citizens wishing to be parents must undertake a series of gruelling tests to evaluate their capabilities, and crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens. 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 585th in the world and 12th in The North Pacific for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 14,093.8 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Largest Retail Industry: 152ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 288thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 367thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 488thLargest Insurance Industry: 585thMost Corrupt Governments: 597thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 637thMost Influential: 794thMost Avoided: 856thMost Secular: 923rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,042ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,292ndFattest Citizens: 1,654thMost Efficient Economies: 1,889thTop
Largest Mining Sector: 2,092ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,796thHighest Average Incomes: 2,829thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,829thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,194thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,297thRudest Citizens: 3,333rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,278thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,587thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4,811thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,000thLowest Crime Rates: 5,575thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,060thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,812thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,145thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,949thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,387thLargest Governments: 8,630thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,724thMost Conservative: 9,782ndTop
Smartest Citizens: 11,194thLargest Black Market: 12,007thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,413thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 14,583rdMost Pro-Market: 15,929thHighest Economic Output: 19,281stMost Extreme: 20,136th
Largest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 12th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 24th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 26th in the regionMost Avoided: 26th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 36th in the regionMost Secular: 45th in the regionFattest Citizens: 54th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 57th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 62nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 82nd in the regionTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 103rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 108th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 109th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 112th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 139th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 177th in the regionRudest Citizens: 186th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 189th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 212th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 277th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 277th in the regionMost Influential: 283rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 297th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 326th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 332nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 341st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 355th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 371st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 426th in the regionLargest Governments: 434th in the regionLargest Black Market: 445th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 448th in the regionTop
Most Conservative: 582nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 598th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 607th in the regionMost Extreme: 616th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 620th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 632nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Banabistan was endorsed by The Allied States of Therizia.
  • : Following new legislation in Banabistan, crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens.
  • : Following new legislation in Banabistan, citizens wishing to be parents must undertake a series of gruelling tests to evaluate their capabilities.
  • : Following new legislation in Banabistan, Tom and Jerry cartoons have cat and mouse resolving their problems with reasoned discussion.
  • : Banabistan endorsed The Youtubecom of Harjad.
  • : Banabistan was endorsed by The Youtubecom of Harjad.
  • : Following new legislation in Banabistan, peace talks occasionally rack up a higher body count than the wars they seek to stop.
  • : Following new legislation in Banabistan, citizens who don't recite the Pledge of Banabistan at least three times a day are placed on a terrorist watch-list.
  • : Following new legislation in Banabistan, the most common answers to where babies come from are "uh... ask your mother" and "um... ask your father".
  • : Following new legislation in Banabistan, the wheel has been patented by at least a hundred people.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 266 » El Fiji Grande, Territorio di Nessuno, Notyoutopia, Corfad, The Rhein States, Yaorozu, Ethnon, Loutsland, Acrabinnia, Great Bights Mum, Former English Colony, Omnistria, Koda-Land, Destructive Government Endorsing System, New Pruessen, Shadowrik, Napnomadia, Kasazzastan, Shibutani, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Maott, Sunto, Kwaj, Malta Comino Gozo, Wilkshire, Trillius, Joodey, Dar es Saalam, North Bratislava, Dreadton, Sundred, Guer Aike, PlanetPunk, Frances Francis the First of France, Steampunk Ariel, Wineclaw, 1 very fast endotarter, Selfgradatude, Xentherida, Pasargad, Sil Dorsett, Astrind, Solidair, Cinnibar, Holy Oranz, Siwale, Viridiann, Abject Ludicrosity, Glurponia, Zumlandia, and 216 others.Kobagia, British Pacific Islands, SORT, Egalico, Wisconsota, Seenvorland, Haor Chall, Bearical, Soviet Terran, Runeda, Pallaith, Vincone Cae, Orado, Daiz, Valhalla123, Zeternia, The Tampa Bay Rays, New Octicarg, Newpromisedland, Partax, McMasterdonia, Faircliff, The Stratosphere Islands, Votak Matim, Fizban, Solskjar, Sea Ghost, Tellavinna, Nakayo, Gnomewatchers, The Iron Lions, Moubarakistan, Eteles, Serendipita Martia, Universal State Formula, Clan Spaniel, New Lakemba, Lendara, Wallachian People, Tachycardia, Xagill, PotatoFarmers, United Kahndaq, Kranostav, Zecit, Yukti, Empy, Pazair, Dabarastan, Zyvetskistaahn, Itallitopia, Ravendi, The Reorganized Arctic Territories, Interdimensional Zone, Zokk, Fraguale Cothe, New Trisone, The Austro Germanic Union, Diodone, Palgo, Fendlium, Terban Kedah, Praeceps, Valentine Z, Volstokn, Loli County, Cobleck Weleis, Avemterra, Lungha, New Avian, Hamerica, Free Culture, Merconitonitopia, Solmetria, Valatic Ash, Kelvaros Prime, Noahs Second Country, Dakota Territories, Woodsend, Pheonisland, The New Communist Republic Of States, Yokciq Empire, Wit Noreis, Pleroma Sans Romans, MiaryBhalzhack, The Endless Eventide, Xyrron, Methor, Eschatosia, KhalChicken, The World Capitalist Confederation, New Jamgra, Olofin, Vexilia, SherpDaWerp in TNP, Ihese, The Lancerian Empire, The Windmilluminati, Psychotic Vegans, Prevaland, Crader, Cape Flower, Plangainer, The Galactic Triumvirate, Nisastria, Avastate, Antiyard, Nistriabar, Westinor, Supreme Leader Hadrian, Varola, Unshleepd, Irishvan, Aeolist, Free Nation of Hong Kong, Schnuftelland, U S Eh, Nationeer, The Pantheons, Terra Aquilon, Korovan Isles, Zemnaya Svoboda, Mon Civia, Godwanna, Prydania, Solimun, Rescadra, Astronomical, Beasluxia, The Serdey Islands, Fauzjhia, Mesopotama, Greater Pittsburgh, PortvgaI, The Democratic Kingdom Of Skaraborg, Ver Testua, Frostcell, Sikol, Fluffy Noodles, Saperisole, Zzozona, Eurasian Foederatio, Timothea, Advancia-Sizzletown, Hoglands, Plutayah, Veast, Termathe, Libertania Democratica, I Like Killing people, Saugeria, The Calabash Protectorate, Shinjuku tokyo 0, TyGerria, Reission, Asoc lon, Brucklania, Simone Republic, Borsukia, Kocherian, Lionia, Ihsan, Wolvenland, Eywaan, The Havens, Smesh, Mimia, Cowbridge, Seanat, Fayyayid, Innocentic, Solcius, Arichia, Maclare, Damsmel, Highton Islands, Nouvelle-Floride, Unimaginable Doom, Fracie, Animu Place, Pokemanland, Principia Mathematica, Madjack, Labora, Kragsgale, Nolan Burg, Gunits, Estandarte, Buckhem, Xipher, Erubetia, Lux Conos, Astal Aavors, Franklin Jacksons Canada, Amerian States, WeKnow, Illusia and Neverendia, Sisang, Aeurithianar, Artemis Selene, Andexia, Eastern Cous Empria, Sattelbach, Ultra777, Neu-Galicia, Frahnkzaden, Heilhum Imperius, Democratic Republic of Kohland, Geektopia, Great Robertia, The Unicrons, Kenaniahistan, Vathnutum, Draconian Progression, Harjad, and Therizia.

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