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The PS2 Puppet of Pallidonia

“Stop reading my motto!”

Category: Anarchy
Civil Rights:
Frightening
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Corrupted

Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: the South Pacific

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Pallidonia

Population12.139 billion

CurrencyHorse
AnimalDollar

The PS2 Puppet of Pallidonia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, renowned for its unlimited-speed roads, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 12.139 billion Pallidonians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken individuals is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, with Law & Order and Environment not funded at all. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Pallidonian economy, worth a remarkable 3,857 trillion Horses a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Soda Sales, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is an amazing 317,805 Horses, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,286,146 per year while the poor average 14,230, a ratio of 160 to 1.

Kids are told they can be whoever they want to be when they grow up, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation, sales of superhero insurance have skyrocketed after the government abandoned the police in favor of vigilantes, and the Dollar stadiums are open 24/7. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Pallidonia's national animal is the Dollar, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Pallidonia is ranked 10th in the world and 2nd in the South Pacific for Highest Crime Rates, with 309.9 Crimes Per Hour.

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Most Extreme: 1stLargest Retail Industry: 7thHighest Crime Rates: 10thRudest Citizens: 10thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 12thMost Armed: 15thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 18thLargest Gambling Industry: 24thFattest Citizens: 51stMost Rebellious Youth: 79thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 89thMost Avoided: 107thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 109thMost Ignorant Citizens: 141stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 220thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 356thHighest Disposable Incomes: 544thMost Cheerful Citizens: 691stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 994thHighest Drug Use: 1,018thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,245thMost Politically Free: 1,328thMost Pro-Market: 1,423rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,473rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,626thLargest Mining Sector: 1,761stTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,202ndMost Corrupt Governments: 2,292ndHighest Economic Output: 2,848thMost Efficient Economies: 3,157thMost Cultured: 5,349thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,304thMost Devout: 6,933rdNudest: 8,415thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 10,447thLargest Black Market: 12,904thLargest Insurance Industry: 14,083rdMost Inclusive: 15,810thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 17,138thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 18,883rd
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Most Extreme: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 5th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 5th in the regionMost Politically Free: 5th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 15th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 26th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 36th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 38th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 47th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 53rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 58th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 96th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 101st in the regionMost Cultured: 157th in the regionMost Devout: 186th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 218th in the regionLargest Populations: 223rd in the regionNudest: 271st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 286th in the regionLargest Black Market: 369th in the regionTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 466th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 561st in the regionMost Inclusive: 573rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 592nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, the Dollar stadiums are open 24/7.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, sales of superhero insurance have skyrocketed after the government abandoned the police in favor of vigilantes.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, kids are told they can be whoever they want to be when they grow up.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, the daily weather forecast often predicts light showers of debris.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, politicians always seem to take two steps forward then three steps back.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, blind students are at a disadvantage now that test papers printed in braille have been discontinued.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, frequent broken zippers have resulted in safety pins making a fashion comeback.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, farmers' market days almost always end in a shooting.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, a shipwreck is everyone's fault but the captain's.

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