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The Jingoistic States of FunnyTown

“Uh oh, stinky!”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific

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FunnyTown

Population177 million

CurrencyRock
AnimalSea Slug

The Jingoistic States of FunnyTown is a very large, safe nation, notable for its zero percent divorce rate, absence of drug laws, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 177 million Grugs have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Defense, and Education. The average income tax rate is 29.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The a Grug economy, worth 8.78 trillion Rocks a year, is led by the Basket Weaving industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming, Arms Manufacturing, and Gambling. Average income is 49,618 Rocks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Adult stores are all sold out of whips, elections are won by the candidate who makes the best 'yo mama' jokes, concussed Sea Slugball players cannot remember their lineup position, and burial ceremonies have become as routinised as tax forms. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. FunnyTown's national animal is the Sea Slug, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

FunnyTown is ranked 83,863rd in the world and 3,201st in the South Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring 47.25 on the Rand Index.

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1%
Most Primitive: 841stTop
5%
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,467thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,563rdMost Devout: 7,092ndTop
10%
Most Influential: 13,272ndMost Average: 14,639th
Top
1%
Most Primitive: 23rd in the regionTop
5%
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 165th in the regionMost Devout: 185th in the regionMost Average: 249th in the regionTop
10%
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 591st in the regionBest Weather: 647th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 689th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in FunnyTown, burial ceremonies have become as routinised as tax forms.
  • : Following new legislation in FunnyTown, concussed Sea Slugball players cannot remember their lineup position.
  • : Following new legislation in FunnyTown, elections are won by the candidate who makes the best 'yo mama' jokes.
  • : Following new legislation in FunnyTown, adult stores are all sold out of whips.
  • : Following new legislation in FunnyTown, UFO sightings are listed daily in the morning news.
  • : FunnyTown's influence in The South Pacific rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Following new legislation in FunnyTown, the prevalence of circular logic frequently renders parliamentary observers dizzy.
  • : Following new legislation in FunnyTown, eminent domain has been abolished.
  • : Following new legislation in FunnyTown, the mentally ill are given high powered automatic weapons for "catharsis therapy".
  • : Following new legislation in FunnyTown, thousands of children die every day from easily curable illnesses.

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