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The Socialist Federation of Equinoctial States

“Workers of the world, unite!” President Joseph

Category: Authoritarian Democracy
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: New Western Empire

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Equinoctial States

Population2.881 billion

CapitalPompeii
LeaderPresident Joseph
FaithAtheist

CurrencyMarx
AnimalFrov

The Socialist Federation of Equinoctial States is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by President Joseph with an even hand, and renowned for its closed borders, sprawling nuclear power plants, and aversion to nipples. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 2.881 billion equinoctial citizens are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pompeii. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 61.6%.

The all-consuming equinoctial economy, worth 472 trillion Marxes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Beef-Based Agriculture, Information Technology, and Cheese Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 163,915 Marxes, with the richest citizens earning 7.7 times as much as the poorest.

Politicians spend more time in courtrooms than in Parliament, class clowns are frequently listed among the most dangerous criminals in the nation, hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock", and the nation is regarded as a paragon of democracy. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Equinoctial States's national animal is the Frov, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Atheist.

Equinoctial States is ranked 17,963rd in the world and 81st in New Western Empire for Most Developed, scoring 84.65 on the Human Development Index.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 617thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,527thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,544thLowest Crime Rates: 6,166thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,224thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,140thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,161stHealthiest Citizens: 7,616thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,949thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,003rdLargest Black Market: 9,226thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,418thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,587thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 10,473rdHighest Average Incomes: 11,491stTop
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Most Authoritarian: 16,396thLargest Insurance Industry: 16,421stMost Developed: 17,963rdMost Conservative: 18,374thSmartest Citizens: 18,967thLargest Governments: 19,065thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20,583rdBest Weather: 20,641stMost Advanced Public Education: 21,661stHighest Disposable Incomes: 22,065thMost Beautiful Environments: 23,396thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 23,467thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 23,731st
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5%
Largest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Conservative: 8th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10th in the regionTop
10%
Most Authoritarian: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 19th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Equinoctial States, the nation is regarded as a paragon of democracy.
  • : Equinoctial States was reclassified from "Psychotic Dictatorship" to "Authoritarian Democracy".
  • : Equinoctial States published "Democracia" (Factbook: History).
  • : Equinoctial States voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Convicted Voters".
  • : Following new legislation in Equinoctial States, hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock".
  • : Following new legislation in Equinoctial States, class clowns are frequently listed among the most dangerous criminals in the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Equinoctial States, politicians spend more time in courtrooms than in Parliament.
  • : Following new legislation in Equinoctial States, CSI Forest is this year's hit new crime show.
  • : Following new legislation in Equinoctial States, snap elections are called whenever there's a chance to increase President Joseph's majority.
  • : Equinoctial States was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.

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