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The Republic of Coronapolis

“Wear masks and use rubbing alcohol!”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The North Pacific

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Coronapolis

Population723 million

Currencycovid
AnimalPanda

The Republic of Coronapolis is a huge, efficient nation, remarkable for its fear of technology, complete lack of prisons, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 723 million Coronapolisians 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government prioritizes Industry, with Healthcare, Education, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Environment and International Aid receive no funds. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 52.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Coronapolisian economy, worth 71.0 trillion covids a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Gambling. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is 98,163 covids, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 662,009 per year while the poor average 5,404, a ratio of 122 to 1.

Claiming that "my cousin said it was legal" is a common courtroom defense, major corporations receive tax breaks for no apparent reason, children get arrested for floating paper boats on lakes, and major boxing matches are held in government buildings. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Coronapolis's national animal is the Panda, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Coronapolis is ranked 232,516th in the world and 9,658th in The North Pacific for Least Corrupt Governments, with 47.48 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,378thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,917thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,020thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,032ndMost Influential: 4,399thLargest Retail Industry: 7,743rdMost Avoided: 8,030thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,802ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,169thMost Efficient Economies: 10,819thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,383rdMost Pro-Market: 20,216thMost Developed: 20,668thLargest Black Market: 22,694th
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 47th in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 121st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 175th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 238th in the regionMost Avoided: 347th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 370th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 412th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 419th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 432nd in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 584th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 754th in the regionLargest Black Market: 811th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Coronapolis, major boxing matches are held in government buildings.
  • : Following new legislation in Coronapolis, children get arrested for floating paper boats on lakes.
  • : Following new legislation in Coronapolis, major corporations receive tax breaks for no apparent reason.
  • : Following new legislation in Coronapolis, claiming that "my cousin said it was legal" is a common courtroom defense.
  • : Coronapolis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : Following new legislation in Coronapolis, schoolyard sandboxes resemble ashtrays due to the large number of cigarette butts.
  • : Following new legislation in Coronapolis, oil rigs in winter are heated by contained oil slick fires.
  • : Following new legislation in Coronapolis, it's best to decline if Leader offers to buy a round of drinks.
  • : Following new legislation in Coronapolis, the secret ingredient is love (and MSG).
  • : Following new legislation in Coronapolis, foreign students are expected to have a Kegmeister Grade Average of 36-24-36 to qualify for university.

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