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The Commonwealth of Jameskirk

“Cash rules everything around me”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: NCC

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Jameskirk

Population1.149 billion

CapitalTiberius
LeaderMr A

CurrencyPip
Animalmockingbird

The Commonwealth of Jameskirk is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Mr A with an iron fist, and notable for its unlimited-speed roads, sprawling nuclear power plants, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 1.149 billion Jameskirkians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tiberius. The average income tax rate is 28.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Jameskirkian economy, worth 131 trillion Pips a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Arms Manufacturing, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 114,388 Pips, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Photographers have to apply for a license to photograph Mr A, conspiracy theorists allege Tiberius's new subway map resembles Satanic symbols, a faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles' distance from the National Science Park, and demand for night vision goggles and boat engine mufflers has spiked. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Jameskirk's national animal is the mockingbird, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Jameskirk is ranked 119,629th in the world and 1st in NCC for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 41.54 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

Top
1%
Largest Agricultural Sector: 1,204thTop
10%
Highest Disposable Incomes: 9,462ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,484thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,046thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,476th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Jameskirk was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Jameskirk's influence in NCC fell from "Powerbroker" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : Following new legislation in Jameskirk, demand for night vision goggles and boat engine mufflers has spiked.
  • : Following new legislation in Jameskirk, a faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles' distance from the National Science Park.
  • : Following new legislation in Jameskirk, conspiracy theorists allege Tiberius's new subway map resembles Satanic symbols.
  • : Following new legislation in Jameskirk, photographers have to apply for a license to photograph Mr A.
  • : Following new legislation in Jameskirk, citizens are remarkably well involved in the political process.
  • : Following new legislation in Jameskirk, children often explain to their parents that the Mega Ultimate Sword Fist was worth the thousand-Pip charge on their phone bill.
  • : Following new legislation in Jameskirk, Dogman-branded weapons are all the rage in the militaristic comic-book community.
  • : Following new legislation in Jameskirk, agreeing to appear on TV is often the best way to access social care.

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