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The Eternal Misfortune of Pallidonia

“Stop Reading My Motto!”

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

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: Pencil Sharpeners Puppet Storage

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Pallidonia

Population19.866 billion

CapitalCapital
Leaderabsolutely nobody
FaithAnarchy

CurrencyHorse
AnimalDollar

The Eternal Misfortune of Pallidonia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by absolutely nobody with a fair hand, and notable for its unlimited-speed roads, absence of drug laws, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 19.866 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.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Capital. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Pallidonian economy, worth a remarkable 8,008 trillion Horses a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Soda Sales, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is an amazing 403,131 Horses, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,899,944 per year while the poor average 18,050, a ratio of 160 to 1.

Eight-year-olds can be seen lighting up in public areas, election results are often delayed for weeks to count the expat votes, kids' party bags often contain candy and e-cigarettes, and on graduation day the hats thrown in the air fly high enough to stun passing pigeons. 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 is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Anarchy.

Pallidonia is ranked 8th in the world and 1st in Pencil Sharpeners Puppet Storage for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 88,340.39 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most Extreme: 3rdHighest Drug Use: 3rdHighest Crime Rates: 6thLargest Retail Industry: 6thMost Armed: 7thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7thLargest Gambling Industry: 8thRudest Citizens: 9thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11thMost Avoided: 16thFattest Citizens: 19thMost Rebellious Youth: 21stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 42ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 48thMost Ignorant Citizens: 66thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 92ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 206thHighest Disposable Incomes: 263rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 268thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 997thHighest Average Incomes: 1,061stMost Politically Free: 1,245thMost Pro-Market: 1,255thHighest Economic Output: 1,371stMost Corrupt Governments: 1,531stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,607thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,790thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 3,152ndLargest Mining Sector: 3,676thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,214thMost Inclusive: 7,108thMost Cultured: 10,227thNudest: 14,984thTop
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Most Devout: 15,649thLargest Populations: 16,563rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 21,214thMost Primitive: 22,704thLargest Publishing Industry: 23,114thLargest Black Market: 24,517th
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Most Politically Free: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, on graduation day the hats thrown in the air fly high enough to stun passing pigeons.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, kids' party bags often contain candy and e-cigarettes.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, election results are often delayed for weeks to count the expat votes.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, eight-year-olds can be seen lighting up in public areas.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, the land is famous throughout the region for its rampant lawlessness.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, survivors of the Great Internet Flame War often recount horror stories of banhammers and DOS attacks.
  • : Pallidonia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, terrorist videos start by thanking their sponsors.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, citizens are enjoying a recent large cut in taxes.
  • : Following new legislation in Pallidonia, a mushroom a day keeps the sadness away.

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