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The Incorporated Entity of Harmonious Paperclips

“Insufficient experience to get experience” Viceroy

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific

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Harmonious Paperclips

Population19.383 billion

CapitalCubiclelyse City
LeaderViceroy

CurrencyBzyte
AnimalWestern scrub jay

The Incorporated Entity of Harmonious Paperclips is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Viceroy with an iron fist, and renowned for its public floggings, anti-smoking policies, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 19.383 billion Harpapzens are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cubiclelyse City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 74.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Harmonious Paperclipsian economy, worth an astonishing 11,772 trillion Bzytes a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Automobile Manufacturing, and Retail. Average income is a breathtaking 607,367 Bzytes, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,774,360 per year while the poor average 164,180, a ratio of 10.8 to 1.

Travelers often bring empty plastic bottles on Air Harmonious Paperclips flights to avoid the pay lavatories, 4-year-olds studying for their mathematics exams are anxious that they will be unemployable in adulthood if they fail, indigenous tribal elders can be recognised by their designer watches and expensive suits, and anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. Harmonious Paperclips's national animal is the Western scrub jay, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Harmonious Paperclips is ranked 404th in the world and 10th in the South Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 1,116.79 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 7thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 30thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 30thLargest Black Market: 58thLargest Information Technology Sector: 86thMost Subsidized Industry: 95thHighest Average Incomes: 108thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 137thLowest Crime Rates: 138thMost Secular: 165thMost Corrupt Governments: 173rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 176thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 195thHealthiest Citizens: 212thHighest Economic Output: 238thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 358thLargest Agricultural Sector: 366thMost Scientifically Advanced: 404thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 514thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 689thLargest Retail Industry: 734thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 794thLargest Governments: 808thSmartest Citizens: 922ndLargest Mining Sector: 1,104thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,311thTop
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Most Developed: 1,727thMost Efficient Economies: 1,846thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,269thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,697thRudest Citizens: 2,727thMost Avoided: 3,073rdLongest Average Lifespans: 3,132ndMost Stationary: 3,181stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,314thLargest Populations: 5,668thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,026thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6,590thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 8,936thMost Influential: 9,433rd
Top
1%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Secular: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 10th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Governments: 15th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 21st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 22nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 23rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 23rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 26th in the regionLargest Populations: 50th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 52nd in the regionMost Stationary: 54th in the regionMost Avoided: 58th in the regionMost Developed: 58th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 61st in the regionTop
5%
Rudest Citizens: 74th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 96th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 107th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 159th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 243rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 273rd in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 493rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 605th in the regionMost Influential: 615th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, indigenous tribal elders can be recognised by their designer watches and expensive suits.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, 4-year-olds studying for their mathematics exams are anxious that they will be unemployable in adulthood if they fail.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, travelers often bring empty plastic bottles on Air Harmonious Paperclips flights to avoid the pay lavatories.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, restaurateurs put a lot of effort into persuading customers to accept wafer-thin mints.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, the homeless more often beg for mercy than money.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, sermons are regularly interrupted by businessmen taking phone calls.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, the nation's diplomatic missives are now delivered via sniper rifle.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, the government is attempting to revitalize a gutted private sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb.

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