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The Commonwealth of Genlann

“Mission Accomplished”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the Rejected Realms

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Genlann

Population8.395 billion

CapitalTaprobana
FaithPastafarianism

CurrencyPfennig
AnimalRainbow Dash

The Commonwealth of Genlann is a colossal, cultured nation, remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, infamous sell-swords, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 8.395 billion Genlannians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Administration, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Taprobana. The average income tax rate is 56.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Genlannian economy, worth a remarkable 2,457 trillion Pfennigs a year, is quite specialized and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Retail, Tourism, Gambling, and Basket Weaving. Average income is an amazing 292,676 Pfennigs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.3 times as much as the poorest.

Traffic cops spend most of their work-hours calculating citizens' monthly income, history textbook pages are used as impromptu tissues by distraught students, young children are regularly seen wagering pocket money at blackjack tables, and government officials sit helplessly as they are labelled 'Pompous Womples' by celebrities. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Genlann's national animal is the Rainbow Dash, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Pastafarianism.

Genlann is ranked 205,414th in the world and 6,016th in the Rejected Realms for Most Avoided, scoring 0.29 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 56thMost Primitive: 58thLargest Retail Industry: 70thMost Devout: 76thMost Ignorant Citizens: 94thLargest Gambling Industry: 128thBest Weather: 212thMost Subsidized Industry: 343rdMost Efficient Economies: 677thHealthiest Citizens: 882ndLargest Black Market: 1,067thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,084thRudest Citizens: 1,085thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,228thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,418thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,555thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 2,099thMost Cultured: 2,329thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,587thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,477thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,632ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,936thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,320thHighest Economic Output: 5,684thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,848thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,868thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,783rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,653rdLargest Governments: 8,215thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 12,575thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,778thMost Stationary: 19,806th
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionMost Primitive: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 7th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 12th in the regionBest Weather: 14th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 24th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 27th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 31st in the regionLargest Black Market: 32nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 35th in the regionRudest Citizens: 39th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 40th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 55th in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 62nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 74th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 77th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 79th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 104th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 107th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 133rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 141st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 141st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 156th in the regionLargest Governments: 197th in the regionMost Stationary: 219th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 304th in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 319th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 355th in the regionMost Influential: 372nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 501st in the regionMost Politically Free: 569th in the regionLargest Populations: 591st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Genlann, government officials sit helplessly as they are labelled 'Pompous Womples' by celebrities.
  • : Following new legislation in Genlann, young children are regularly seen wagering pocket money at blackjack tables.
  • : Following new legislation in Genlann, history textbook pages are used as impromptu tissues by distraught students.
  • : Following new legislation in Genlann, traffic cops spend most of their work-hours calculating citizens' monthly income.
  • : Following new legislation in Genlann, most of the nation's wealthy aristocrats are dentists.
  • : Following new legislation in Genlann, EpiPen sales have skyrocketed.
  • : Following new legislation in Genlann, the nation is ravaged by daily union strikes.
  • : Following new legislation in Genlann, for the sake of 'public interest' news programs tell viewers how to home-make Sarin gas bombs.
  • : Following new legislation in Genlann, Leader tells rebellious ministers to "drop and give me twenty".
  • : Following new legislation in Genlann, Leader's military council has been nicknamed 'The Knights of the Rotund Table'.

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