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The Famished Colonists of Cygnia Minor

“Eagerly awaiting the new synthetic food from Planet Q”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: United Earth Space Probe Agency

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Cygnia Minor

Population2.279 billion

CapitalAlbireo City
LeaderAnton Karidian

CurrencyFederation Credit
AnimalSettler

The Famished Colonists of Cygnia Minor is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Anton Karidian with a fair hand, and remarkable for its public floggings, ban on automobiles, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 2.279 billion Colonists enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Albireo City. The average income tax rate is 73.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Cygnia Minor economy, worth 104 trillion Federation Credits a year, is highly specialized and led by the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 45,747 Federation Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Criminals rejoice in the streets as the entire police force is sent away on a training retreat, children are disappointed to learn that cavemen never had a yabba-dabba-doo time riding dinosaurs to work, immigrants who don't like the taste of Cygnia Minor Turnip Chips are immediately deported, and female smokers cut their hair and don suits to get into male-only clubs. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cygnia Minor's national animal is the Settler, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Cygnia Minor is ranked 53,167th in the world and 35th in United Earth Space Probe Agency for Most Influential, scoring 427 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 8,729thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,910thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,094thBest Weather: 16,349thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,488thMost Advanced Public Transport: 18,706thNicest Citizens: 18,723rdMost Pacifist: 19,039thMost Compassionate Citizens: 19,349th
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 7th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 7th in the regionBest Weather: 7th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 9th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 11th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 12th in the regionMost Developed: 15th in the regionMost Average: 16th in the regionNicest Citizens: 17th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 17th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 17th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 18th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Cygnia Minor, female smokers cut their hair and don suits to get into male-only clubs.
  • : Following new legislation in Cygnia Minor, immigrants who don't like the taste of Cygnia Minor Turnip Chips are immediately deported.
  • : Cygnia Minor was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport.
  • : Following new legislation in Cygnia Minor, children are disappointed to learn that cavemen never had a yabba-dabba-doo time riding dinosaurs to work.
  • : Following new legislation in Cygnia Minor, criminals rejoice in the streets as the entire police force is sent away on a training retreat.
  • : Following new legislation in Cygnia Minor, Air Cygnia Minor is rumored to receive more government funding than the Cygnia Minor Air Force.
  • : Following new legislation in Cygnia Minor, cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high.
  • : Following new legislation in Cygnia Minor, bins outnumber trees in city parks.
  • : Following new legislation in Cygnia Minor, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss.
  • : Following new legislation in Cygnia Minor, orphanages are closing their doors as the government forces parents to actually raise their children.

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