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The Black Iron Prison State of Dungeon

“Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones” Argus Panoptes

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

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: The Horde

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Dungeon

Population13.573 billion

CapitalPanopticon
LeaderArgus Panoptes
FaithOmnipresent Omniscience

Currencycompany scrip
AnimalElectric Sheep

The Black Iron Prison State of Dungeon is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Argus Panoptes with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, infamous sell-swords, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 13.573 billion Prisoners 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 Industry, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Panopticon. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Imprisoned economy, worth a remarkable 8,148 trillion company scrips a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 600,377 company scrips, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,593,602 per year while the poor average 5,780, a ratio of 967 to 1.

The regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb, biological warfare is used to solve small disagreements, talkative students are escorted from schools in second-hand prison buses, and scenic tours are unheard of after most environmental laws were abolished. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Dungeon's national animal is the Electric Sheep, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Omnipresent Omniscience.

Dungeon is ranked 980th in the world and 1st in The Horde for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 20,327.09 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Largest Retail Industry: 10thMost Efficient Economies: 22ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 32ndFattest Citizens: 53rdMost Corrupt Governments: 64thMost Scientifically Advanced: 69thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 69thHighest Disposable Incomes: 70thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 79thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 97thMost Avoided: 105thRudest Citizens: 207thHighest Average Incomes: 212thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 233rdMost Secular: 248thMost Subsidized Industry: 261stLargest Insurance Industry: 326thMost Armed: 347thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 481stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 493rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 572ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 664thLargest Governments: 664thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 697thLargest Agricultural Sector: 769thSmartest Citizens: 815thLargest Mining Sector: 824thLargest Gambling Industry: 980thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,061stHighest Economic Output: 1,313thMost Patriotic: 1,504thMost Pro-Market: 1,532ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,613thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,223rdTop
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,184thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5,244thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,810thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,290thMost Conservative: 11,128thMost Influential: 11,996thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,337thLowest Crime Rates: 14,913thTop
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Largest Black Market: 24,299thMost Extreme: 26,540thLargest Populations: 29,897th
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Dungeon was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Dungeon was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Dungeon, scenic tours are unheard of after most environmental laws were abolished.
  • : Following new legislation in Dungeon, talkative students are escorted from schools in second-hand prison buses.
  • : Following new legislation in Dungeon, biological warfare is used to solve small disagreements.
  • : Following new legislation in Dungeon, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb.
  • : Following new legislation in Dungeon, the children of Dungeon are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence.
  • : Following new legislation in Dungeon, computer users are buried daily in thousands of unsolicited emails.
  • : Following new legislation in Dungeon, nuclear warheads are frequently launched into space as a warning to invading meteoroids.
  • : Following new legislation in Dungeon, prison libraries are being replaced with interrogation chambers.

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