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The Benevolent Queendom of Divine Cervine

“Where the deer’s swift leap startles the wild bee”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Lazarus

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Divine Cervine

Population13.544 billion

CapitalEnchanted Wildwood
LeaderQueen Arbeaone

Currency¤ luminous orb
Animaliridescent-winged purple peryton

The Benevolent Queendom of Divine Cervine is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Queen Arbeaone with an even hand, and remarkable for its state-planned economy, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, cheerful population of 13.544 billion Divine Deerlings are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Enchanted Wildwood. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Divine Cervinean economy, worth a remarkable 4,747 trillion ¤ luminous orbs 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 mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 350,558 ¤ luminous orbs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

All beauty contests have been banned, passive-aggressive congratulations cards inform mums-to-be that their pregnancy is their greatest achievement in life, there is a dearth of space for new houses, and economic planning is exalted as a human art form. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Divine Cervine's national animal is the iridescent-winged purple peryton, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Divine Cervine is ranked 13,264th in the world and 779th in Lazarus for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 350,559 Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 5thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6thMost Pacifist: 7thMost Inclusive: 7thMost Advanced Public Education: 9thNicest Citizens: 10thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14thMost Developed: 16thHighest Food Quality: 16thLowest Crime Rates: 18thHighest Average Tax Rates: 19thBest Weather: 21stSafest: 22ndMost Beautiful Environments: 22ndLongest Average Lifespans: 22ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 23rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 26thHealthiest Citizens: 33rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 42ndLargest Governments: 48thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 60thMost Cheerful Citizens: 80thSmartest Citizens: 84thLeast Corrupt Governments: 139thMost Cultured: 143rdMost Secular: 187thHighest Poor Incomes: 226thMost Income Equality: 247thMost Efficient Economies: 415thMost Subsidized Industry: 545thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 602ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,032ndLargest Publishing Industry: 1,117thHighest Average Incomes: 1,300thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 2,386thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,873rdMost Stationary: 6,312thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,330thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,295thTop
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Most Influential: 12,157thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,264thLargest Populations: 21,027th
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Most Pacifist: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Secular: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 11th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 29th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 45th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 51st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 65th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 109th in the regionMost Stationary: 136th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 163rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 337th in the regionMost Influential: 353rd in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 449th in the regionLargest Populations: 628th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Divine Cervine, economic planning is exalted as a human art form.
  • : Following new legislation in Divine Cervine, there is a dearth of space for new houses.
  • : Following new legislation in Divine Cervine, passive-aggressive congratulations cards inform mums-to-be that their pregnancy is their greatest achievement in life.
  • : Following new legislation in Divine Cervine, all beauty contests have been banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Divine Cervine, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss.
  • : Following new legislation in Divine Cervine, children are disappointed to learn that cavemen never had a yabba-dabba-doo time riding dinosaurs to work.
  • : Following new legislation in Divine Cervine, police officers that upset their bosses get assigned to 24 hour stakeouts of bike sheds.
  • : Following new legislation in Divine Cervine, undersea volcanoes receive strongly worded letters for violating environmental regulations.
  • : Following new legislation in Divine Cervine, almost all of the nation's water is piped into the country from abroad for exorbitant prices.
  • : Following new legislation in Divine Cervine, high-income earners pay a 100% tax rate.

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