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The Federal Republic of Peanutlands

“In Peanuts We Trust” Jimmy Carter

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Frightening
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Auxiliary

Location: SOS Brigade

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Peanutlands

Population2.42 billion

CapitalAtlanta
LeaderJimmy Carter
FaithBaptist Cult of One

CurrencyPeanut
AnimalPeanut

The Federal Republic of Peanutlands is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Jimmy Carter with a fair hand, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, smutty television, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 2.42 billion Peanutlandsians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Atlanta. The average income tax rate is 56.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Peanutlandsian economy, worth 343 trillion Peanuts 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, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Gambling. 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 141,754 Peanuts, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.1 times as much as the poorest.

Flash floods that dams could have controlled regularly ravage small towns in mountain valleys, government reports are now used to teach toddlers to read, sniffer dogs check train passengers for body odour, and looting and pillaging are now considered vital intelligence-gathering activities. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Peanutlands's national animal is the Peanut, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Baptist Cult of One.

Peanutlands is ranked 186,659th in the world and 12th in SOS Brigade for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -19.64 on the Hayek Index.

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1%
Highest Drug Use: 1,397thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,039thTop
5%
Highest Crime Rates: 2,351stRudest Citizens: 2,514thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,329thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,553rdLargest Publishing Industry: 5,595thMost Inclusive: 5,941stMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,003rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,032ndMost Efficient Economies: 6,210thNicest Citizens: 6,291stMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,643rdLargest Gambling Industry: 6,852ndNudest: 9,086thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,756thMost Armed: 10,155thTop
10%
Largest Black Market: 11,562ndMost Extensive Civil Rights: 13,503rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,828thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,048thMost Cultured: 14,646thHighest Average Incomes: 15,470thLargest Retail Industry: 15,961stLargest Mining Sector: 17,545thSmartest Citizens: 17,568thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,688thHighest Poor Incomes: 18,150thMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,704thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21,080th
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5%
Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
10%
Largest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Extreme: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Peanutlands, looting and pillaging are now considered vital intelligence-gathering activities.
  • : Following new legislation in Peanutlands, sniffer dogs check train passengers for body odour.
  • : Peanutlands was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Cheese Export Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Peanutlands, government reports are now used to teach toddlers to read.
  • : Following new legislation in Peanutlands, flash floods that dams could have controlled regularly ravage small towns in mountain valleys.
  • : Following new legislation in Peanutlands, the fire brigade often deal with cases of burnt toast.
  • : Peanutlands's influence in SOS Brigade fell from "Negotiator" to "Auxiliary".
  • : Following new legislation in Peanutlands, the army's use of chemical weapons leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
  • : Following new legislation in Peanutlands, crossword puzzles have been co-opted as a symbol of racial discrimination.
  • : Following new legislation in Peanutlands, space shuttles are lying silent on the runway till the Space Agency can work out how to fit a creche and a meditation room into their next spacecraft.

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