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The Mysterious Airship of King Carl

“No it is not”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Hermit

Location: Hattrick

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King Carl

Population34.034 billion

CapitalKing Carl City
LeaderLeader
Faitha major religion

Currencylats
Animalgreat leopard

The Mysterious Airship of King Carl is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Leader with an iron fist, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, parental licensing program, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 34.034 billion King Carlians 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 tiny, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of King Carl City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient King Carlian economy, worth an astonishing 19,380 trillion lats 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 a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, Retail, and Basket Weaving. 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 a breathtaking 569,436 lats, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

The great leopard stadiums are open 24/7, East Lebatuckese astronauts' favorite game during downtime on the Multinational Space Station is 'I Spy', senior executives have become freelance basket-weavers in search of less stress and better work-life balance, and sushi just hasn't been the same since salmon went extinct overnight. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. King Carl's national animal is the great leopard, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is a major religion.

King Carl is ranked 774th in the world and 1st in Hattrick for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 360.49 on the Hayek Index.

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1%
Largest Mining Sector: 2ndMost Corrupt Governments: 3rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10thMost Avoided: 12thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 22ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 32ndLowest Crime Rates: 37thHighest Disposable Incomes: 64thHighest Economic Output: 67thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 126thHighest Average Incomes: 139thHighest Poor Incomes: 154thMost Stationary: 165thLargest Retail Industry: 215thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 334thLargest Gambling Industry: 439thLargest Black Market: 534thLargest Governments: 644thLargest Populations: 688thMost Subsidized Industry: 713thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 774thMost Devout: 874thRudest Citizens: 1,138thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,499thTop
5%
Most Primitive: 1,625thMost Efficient Economies: 1,777thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,858thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,032ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,648thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,483rdMost Influential: 4,902ndHealthiest Citizens: 6,462ndTop
10%
Smartest Citizens: 8,065thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,335thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,498thMost Conservative: 9,853rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10,529thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,966thMost Authoritarian: 13,516th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in King Carl, sushi just hasn't been the same since salmon went extinct overnight.
  • : Following new legislation in King Carl, senior executives have become freelance basket-weavers in search of less stress and better work-life balance.
  • : Following new legislation in King Carl, East Lebatuckese astronauts' favorite game during downtime on the Multinational Space Station is 'I Spy'.
  • : Following new legislation in King Carl, the great leopard stadiums are open 24/7.
  • : Following new legislation in King Carl, petitions to the government are being used to insulate politicians' office walls.
  • : Following new legislation in King Carl, citizens are emigrating to escape the bland cuisine.
  • : Following new legislation in King Carl, the roar of the Niagara 3000 mega-loo can be heard several blocks away.
  • : Following new legislation in King Carl, sections of the police receive paramilitary training.
  • : Following new legislation in King Carl, fashion models are guaranteed to be 100% genuinely as anorexic as they appear on magazine covers.
  • : Following new legislation in King Carl, the fate of the world literally rests on Leader's fingers.

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