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The Democratic States of Knox Nation

“Freedom”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Balder

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Knox Nation

Population6.657 billion

CapitalKnoxville
LeaderEdward Knox II

CurrencyUS dollar
AnimalDog

The Democratic States of Knox Nation is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Edward Knox II with a fair hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, sprawling nuclear power plants, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 6.657 billion Knox Nationians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The tiny, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Knoxville. The average income tax rate is 3.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Knox Nationian economy, worth a remarkable 1,439 trillion US dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an amazing 216,194 US dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.1 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens are bombarded with advertising from their compulsory miniature radios, conversion therapy coupons are a popular present for coming of age ceremonies, the rich tend their gardens inside gated urban farming communities, and new government leaflets tell coeliac children to eat more crisps. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Knox Nation's national animal is the Dog, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Knox Nation is ranked 53,599th in the world and 2,238th in Balder for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

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Rudest Citizens: 412thMost Armed: 675thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 686thLargest Retail Industry: 978thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,043rdHighest Crime Rates: 1,076thFattest Citizens: 1,301stHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,493rdTop
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,868thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,424thMost Avoided: 2,574thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,603rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,729thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,818thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3,116thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,181stMost Rebellious Youth: 4,449thHighest Average Incomes: 4,547thSmartest Citizens: 4,926thMost Cultured: 4,962ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,366thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,596thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,943rdLargest Black Market: 6,477thMost Efficient Economies: 6,498thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,093rdHighest Drug Use: 9,317thHighest Economic Output: 9,403rdMost Secular: 10,218thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,400thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,497thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,437thLargest Mining Sector: 12,716thMost Inclusive: 14,241st
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Rudest Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Armed: 33rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 36th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 36th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 54th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 55th in the regionFattest Citizens: 69th in the regionTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 75th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 90th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 101st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 102nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 103rd in the regionMost Avoided: 144th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 147th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 157th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 184th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 184th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 196th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 226th in the regionMost Cultured: 227th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 273rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 284th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 323rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 344th in the regionLargest Black Market: 347th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 383rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 402nd in the regionMost Secular: 510th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 557th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 580th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 684th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Knox Nation, new government leaflets tell coeliac children to eat more crisps.
  • : Following new legislation in Knox Nation, the rich tend their gardens inside gated urban farming communities.
  • : Following new legislation in Knox Nation, conversion therapy coupons are a popular present for coming of age ceremonies.
  • : Following new legislation in Knox Nation, citizens are bombarded with advertising from their compulsory miniature radios.
  • : Following new legislation in Knox Nation, the nation's reputation for treachery has left it sidelined on the international stage.
  • : Following new legislation in Knox Nation, the nation's new foreign policy of 'very disproportionate retribution' has its neighbors on edge.
  • : Following new legislation in Knox Nation, failed genetic experiments wreak havoc as they roam the countryside.
  • : Following new legislation in Knox Nation, a small country is wondering where their capitol building's gold dome went.
  • : Following new legislation in Knox Nation, a traveller who once stubbed a toe on an 'Air Brancaland' flight has been offered asylum.
  • : Following new legislation in Knox Nation, bread-gangs raid restaurant waste bins to stockpile uneaten rolls.

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