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The Lunar Covenant of Itzlan

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

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

Regional Influence: Handshaker

Location: Renegade Islands Alliance

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Itzlan

Population13.942 billion

CapitalEclipse Harbor
LeaderFirst Admiral Aslan
FaithThe Lunar Cult

CurrencySilver Fox
AnimalItzlanian Ice Fox

The Lunar Covenant of Itzlan is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by First Admiral Aslan with an iron fist, and renowned for its lack of airports, enslaved workforce, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 13.942 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, 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. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 71.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Itzlanian economy, worth a remarkable 5,750 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 412,486 Silver Foxes, with the richest citizens earning 6.9 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens who don't recite the Pledge of Itzlan at least three times a day are placed on a terrorist watch-list, government agents scour baking periodicals for subversive recipes, the government is known to care more about its buildings than its people, and the government regularly hires contractors to construct high rise apartments. 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 204,268th in the world and 35th in Renegade Islands Alliance for Most Primitive, scoring -593.46 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Top
1%
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 52ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 105thMost Devout: 107thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 119thMost Corrupt Governments: 124thLargest Black Market: 277thHighest Average Incomes: 643rdLargest Mining Sector: 688thMost Armed: 715thLowest Crime Rates: 792ndLargest Insurance Industry: 1,209thHighest Economic Output: 1,402ndMost Beautiful Environments: 1,701stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,831stTop
5%
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,217thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,975thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,570thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,003rdHighest Poor Incomes: 4,251stHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,671stLargest Governments: 4,957thMost Stationary: 5,964thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,052ndLongest Average Lifespans: 7,980thMost Efficient Economies: 8,570thTop
10%
Most Advanced Public Education: 10,610thMost Authoritarian: 11,155thMost Influential: 11,269thLargest Populations: 16,147thMost Developed: 16,830thMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,358th
Top
5%
Most Authoritarian: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionTop
10%
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Conservative: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, the government regularly hires contractors to construct high rise apartments.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, the government is known to care more about its buildings than its people.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, government agents scour baking periodicals for subversive recipes.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, citizens who don't recite the Pledge of Itzlan at least three times a day are placed on a terrorist watch-list.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, criminals are thrown to the Itzlanian Ice Foxes to repay their debt to society.
  • : Itzlan was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, the nation's atlases tend to go out of date every few weeks.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, local mafias have a tough time disposing of dead snitches without catching the attention of recycling authorities.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, children are often punished for the sins of the fathers.
  • : Following new legislation in Itzlan, colonial subjects have Itzlanian culture shoved down their throats.

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