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The Republic of LWAZI

“Fortune Favours The Bold”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Newcomer

Location: Osiris

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LWAZI

Population1.529 billion

CapitalCape Town
LeaderMongameli Lwazi Xulu

CurrencyZAR
AnimalSpringbok

The Republic of LWAZI is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Mongameli Lwazi Xulu with an even hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 1.529 billion LWAZIians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cape Town. The average income tax rate is 67.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient LWAZIian economy, worth 204 trillion ZARS a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 133,423 ZARS, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

People say chess victor Mongameli Lwazi Xulu can kill you with mind-bullets, the airship business has been driven out of the country by strict regulations and high fines, recent protests against birds flying too low have resulted in bloodshed, and the moral worth of national allies is judged by their GDP. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. LWAZI's national animal is the Springbok, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

LWAZI is ranked 58,154th in the world and 2,589th in Osiris for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 470.25 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Most Influential: 6,672ndLargest Retail Industry: 8,913thTop
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Most Developed: 11,485thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,511thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,902ndMost Efficient Economies: 13,762ndHealthiest Citizens: 14,073rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14,312thLowest Crime Rates: 14,504thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,023rdMost Subsidized Industry: 16,238thSmartest Citizens: 16,249thMost Cheerful Citizens: 16,369thMost Inclusive: 17,876thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,941stHighest Average Incomes: 17,969thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,327thLargest Welfare Programs: 19,039thLargest Governments: 19,758thLargest Publishing Industry: 20,027thLargest Mining Sector: 20,757th
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Most Influential: 56th in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 475th in the regionMost Developed: 585th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 602nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 630th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 698th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 709th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 794th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 798th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 823rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 833rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 847th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in LWAZI, the moral worth of national allies is judged by their GDP.
  • : Following new legislation in LWAZI, recent protests against birds flying too low have resulted in bloodshed.
  • : Following new legislation in LWAZI, the airship business has been driven out of the country by strict regulations and high fines.
  • : Following new legislation in LWAZI, people say chess victor Mongameli Lwazi Xulu can kill you with mind-bullets.
  • : Following new legislation in LWAZI, concert halls sport signs proclaiming "No Shorts, Sandals or Swastikas".
  • : Following new legislation in LWAZI, the nationalistic national anthem inspires citizens to literally spit at foreigners.
  • : Following new legislation in LWAZI, corporate lobbying has been outlawed.
  • : Following new legislation in LWAZI, a determined opposition debates the relative benefits of Arial and Times New Roman for days on end.
  • : Following new legislation in LWAZI, airplane passengers who purchase "basic economy" tickets are often assigned seats in the lavatory.
  • : Following new legislation in LWAZI, election ballot papers are so long that unused ones are recycled as toilet roll.

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