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The Lunar Covenant of Itzlan

“Under Her we live and die, there is no greater honor.”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: Renegade Islands Alliance

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Itzlan

Population12.176 billion

CapitalEclipse Harbor
LeaderFirst Admiral Aslan
FaithThe Lunar Cult

CurrencySilver Fox
AnimalItzlanian Ice Fox

The Lunar Covenant of Itzlan is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by First Admiral Aslan with an iron fist, and renowned for its infamous sell-swords, public floggings, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 12.176 billion Itzlani are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The relatively small, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Eclipse Harbor. The average income tax rate is 70.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Itzlanian economy, worth a remarkable 4,999 trillion Silver Foxes 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. 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 amazing 410,625 Silver Foxes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

People who make the leader's blood boil get boiled, members of the government all have oddly similar anecdotes about their childhoods, Itzlani are regularly fired for looking at MyFace during their lunch breaks, and RPG fans reminisce fondly about when people thought they were evil and dangerous rather than geeky and socially inept. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Itzlan's national animal is the Itzlanian Ice Fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Lunar Cult.

Itzlan is ranked 155,272nd in the world and 45th in Renegade Islands Alliance for Most Pro-Market, scoring -82.22 on the Rand Index.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 36thLargest Information Technology Sector: 64thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 90thMost Corrupt Governments: 105thMost Devout: 110thLargest Black Market: 189thHighest Poor Incomes: 237thHighest Average Incomes: 514thLargest Mining Sector: 572ndLowest Crime Rates: 765thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,509thHighest Economic Output: 1,522ndTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 1,848thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,406thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,718thMost Efficient Economies: 3,428thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,627thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,135thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,209thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,583rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,825thLargest Governments: 5,331stMost Stationary: 6,475thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,219thMost Authoritarian: 7,590thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 9,524thMost Influential: 10,576thSmartest Citizens: 16,737thLargest Populations: 16,805th
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Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, RPG fans reminisce fondly about when people thought they were evil and dangerous rather than geeky and socially inept.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, Itzlani are regularly fired for looking at MyFace during their lunch breaks.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, members of the government all have oddly similar anecdotes about their childhoods.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, people who make the leader's blood boil get boiled.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, animal liberationists receive government funding to break into animal research labs.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, hipster cyclists declare that "metal is dead".
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, foreign leaders' Twitcher accounts are monitored for potential threats to national security.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, small shoes often wash up on the beach.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, reddish-brown is the new black.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, loss of the ability to speak is a common affliction of the elderly.

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