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The Dictatorship of Night Vale Landia

“Trees...Trees Are Us...Trees” Hiram McDaniels

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: Yggdrasil

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Night Vale Landia

Population3.539 billion

CapitalStrex Corporation
LeaderHiram McDaniels

CurrencySoul
AnimalSpiderwolf

The Dictatorship of Night Vale Landia is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Hiram McDaniels with an iron fist, and notable for its vat-grown people, keen interest in outer space, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 3.539 billion Night Vale Landians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Strex Corporation. The average income tax rate is 96.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Night Vale Landian economy, worth 467 trillion Souls 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, quite specialized black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. 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 impressive 132,128 Souls, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Pet owners must make a payment if their charges leave a deposit, they who do not work shall not eat, park rangers perform full-body searches on suspected fungus smugglers, and children are sent to either religious or secular schools. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Night Vale Landia's national animal is the Spiderwolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Night Vale Landia is ranked 86,245th in the world and 89th in Yggdrasil for Highest Drug Use, scoring 75.4 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 868thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,054thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,097thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,825thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,971stLowest Crime Rates: 2,975thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,018thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,621stMost Advanced Public Education: 3,626thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,728thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,368thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,653rdMost Corrupt Governments: 4,822ndLargest Governments: 5,858thBest Weather: 8,139thMost Pacifist: 8,279thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,640thLargest Black Market: 11,800thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 12,148thMost Secular: 15,501stSmartest Citizens: 15,837thLargest Welfare Programs: 17,038thHighest Average Incomes: 19,039thMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,942ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,889thMost Developed: 21,202ndMost Inclusive: 23,028th
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 6th in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 12th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 17th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Night Vale Landia, children are sent to either religious or secular schools.
  • : Following new legislation in Night Vale Landia, park rangers perform full-body searches on suspected fungus smugglers.
  • : Following new legislation in Night Vale Landia, they who do not work shall not eat.
  • : Following new legislation in Night Vale Landia, pet owners must make a payment if their charges leave a deposit.
  • : Following new legislation in Night Vale Landia, therapists dispense hugs for heroin dealers and cuddles for crackheads.
  • : Following new legislation in Night Vale Landia, everybody's got wood thanks to Hiram McDaniels.
  • : Night Vale Landia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes and Largest Black Market and the Top 10% for Most Inclusive.
  • : Following new legislation in Night Vale Landia, street crime is on the rise as police officers spend most of their time in prisons.
  • : Following new legislation in Night Vale Landia, gene-engineered sewerjacks don't smell but they do stink.
  • : Following new legislation in Night Vale Landia, the intelligence community is playing 4-D chess with an imaginary spy network.

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