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The Mystery Cult of Demeter

“Keeper Of The Eleusinian Mysteries”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Power

Location: Greek Islands

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Demeter

Population23.212 billion

CapitalMount Olympus
LeaderDemeter
FaithThe Eleusian Mysteries

Currencygrain
Animalhorse

The Mystery Cult of Demeter is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Demeter with an even hand, and notable for its state-planned economy, infamous sell-swords, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, cheerful population of 23.212 billion Demeteriuses are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mount Olympus. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Demeter economy, worth a remarkable 7,631 trillion grains a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 328,757 grains, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Teenagers performing appendectomies on their friends has become a popular schoolyard prank, Demeteriuses have replaced bears in a popular idiom, families are left homeless as entire suburbs are bulldozed on the whim of tribal chiefs, and Demeter has been recently classified as an international menace after 'liberating' several nearby territories. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Demeter's national animal is the horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Eleusian Mysteries.

Demeter is ranked 281,879th in the world and 6th in Greek Islands for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -11.31 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most Advanced Public Education: 10thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10thMost Beautiful Environments: 25thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 32ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 39thBest Weather: 48thMost Developed: 91stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 92ndHealthiest Citizens: 94thLongest Average Lifespans: 102ndSmartest Citizens: 109thHighest Average Tax Rates: 127thMost Advanced Public Transport: 136thMost Cheerful Citizens: 179thLargest Governments: 180thHighest Food Quality: 206thMost Cultured: 243rdLowest Crime Rates: 340thMost Pacifist: 390thHighest Poor Incomes: 489thNicest Citizens: 572ndLargest Publishing Industry: 729thMost Compassionate Citizens: 888thHighest Economic Output: 1,162ndMost Inclusive: 1,186thHighest Average Incomes: 1,738thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,001stMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,028thMost Secular: 2,196thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,304thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,632ndTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 3,034thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,349thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,243rdLargest Populations: 7,021stLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,683rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,181stMost Influential: 10,300thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 15,303rdMost Income Equality: 15,819thSafest: 20,548thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 23,537thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 23,619thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 26,406th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Demeter, Demeter has been recently classified as an international menace after 'liberating' several nearby territories.
  • : Demeter voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Esternial".
  • : Demeter voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Deposit Insurance Fund".
  • : Following new legislation in Demeter, families are left homeless as entire suburbs are bulldozed on the whim of tribal chiefs.
  • : Following new legislation in Demeter, Demeteriuses have replaced bears in a popular idiom.
  • : Following new legislation in Demeter, teenagers performing appendectomies on their friends has become a popular schoolyard prank.
  • : Demeter voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Sex Worker Protections Act".
  • : Following new legislation in Demeter, the weather in Mount Olympus is always 'pigeons with a chance of droppings'.
  • : Following new legislation in Demeter, public intoxication has decreased ever since fraternities were banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Demeter, the nation's diplomatic missives are now delivered via sniper rifle.

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