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The Matriarchy of PapaBellum

“Hic Sunt Bella Dracones ”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Power

Location: Papastan

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PapaBellum

Population15.019 billion

CapitalBella
LeaderQueen Regent PapaBellum
FaithIntrabellum Pact

CurrencyBlood Pound
AnimalDragon

The Matriarchy of PapaBellum is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Queen Regent PapaBellum with an iron fist, and renowned for its strictly enforced bedtime, public floggings, and prohibition of alcohol. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 15.019 billion Draconixeses are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government is dominated by the Department of Defense, with Education also on the agenda, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bella. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient PapaBellumian economy, worth an astonishing 11,673 trillion Blood Pounds 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing and Information Technology. 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 a breathtaking 777,250 Blood Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Pallbearers at military funerals dive for cover when they hear the three-volley salute, high school boys are required to pass vigorous self-mastery and sensitivity training to graduate, drills and shovels have been banned as the government cracks down on any means of fracking, and the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. PapaBellum's national animal is the Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Intrabellum Pact.

PapaBellum is ranked 381st in the world and 3rd in Papastan for Smartest Citizens, with 313.96 quips per hour.

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Most Patriotic: 3rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13thHighest Poor Incomes: 20thHighest Average Tax Rates: 21stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21stLargest Governments: 28thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 29thMost Corrupt Governments: 30thMost Advanced Public Education: 43rdHighest Average Incomes: 60thLowest Crime Rates: 64thLargest Black Market: 71stMost Secular: 76thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 83rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 152ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 170thLargest Information Technology Sector: 173rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 195thHealthiest Citizens: 233rdMost Beautiful Environments: 280thMost Subsidized Industry: 280thSmartest Citizens: 381stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 405thHighest Economic Output: 455thBest Weather: 484thMost Efficient Economies: 539thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,114thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,506thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,599thTop
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Most Authoritarian: 4,714thHighest Food Quality: 4,924thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,621stMost Stationary: 7,028thMost Influential: 11,081stMost Inclusive: 13,056thTop
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Most Developed: 13,437thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,639thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,811thLargest Populations: 20,301st

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, drills and shovels have been banned as the government cracks down on any means of fracking.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, high school boys are required to pass vigorous self-mastery and sensitivity training to graduate.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, pallbearers at military funerals dive for cover when they hear the three-volley salute.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, illegal hunting is rife after veganism was recently made compulsory.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock".
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, colonists who were promised new lands find only war-torn devastation.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, schools have extensive counseling programs for troubled students.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, the consent form for routine blood pressure measurement has been nominated for the 'Novel Of The Year' award.
  • : Following new legislation in PapaBellum, children often kick Dragons for amusement.

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