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The Amorphous Mass of Point Blob

“If it has stats, we can kill it” Gelatinous Dodecahedron

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Power

Location: Wild Hunt

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Point Blob

Population16.773 billion

Capitalthe Nucleus
LeaderGelatinous Dodecahedron
FaithSuperscience

CurrencyPoint
Animalamorphous blob

The Amorphous Mass of Point Blob is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Gelatinous Dodecahedron with a fair hand, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, rampant corporate plagiarism, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 16.773 billion Point Blobians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, corrupt, outspoken government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education also on the agenda, while Welfare and Law & Order receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the Nucleus. The average income tax rate is 95.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Point Blobian economy, worth a remarkable 8,773 trillion Points 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 523,072 Points, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway, a suspicious number of male students have joined the Ladies' Wrestling League, it is often said that only Gelatinous Dodecahedron could bring down Dàguó, and a vast monorail network carries people all over the country. 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. Point Blob's national animal is the amorphous blob, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Superscience.

Point Blob is ranked 155,895th in the world and 5th in Wild Hunt for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -26.04 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Top
1%
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 8thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14thMost Armed: 49thMost Secular: 56thHighest Poor Incomes: 58thRudest Citizens: 62ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 70thLargest Black Market: 79thHighest Crime Rates: 100thHighest Average Incomes: 195thMost Scientifically Advanced: 201stFattest Citizens: 410thHighest Economic Output: 471stMost Rebellious Youth: 482ndMost Advanced Public Education: 633rdSmartest Citizens: 666thTop
5%
Most Corrupt Governments: 1,563rdLargest Governments: 1,685thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,813thMost Efficient Economies: 2,171stMost Avoided: 2,453rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,164thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,322ndMost Cultured: 4,382ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,317thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,631stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,239thLargest Populations: 7,757thTop
10%
Most Subsidized Industry: 9,793rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9,951stNudest: 12,594thLargest Retail Industry: 13,316thMost Politically Free: 13,511thHighest Drug Use: 15,222nd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Point Blob, a vast monorail network carries people all over the country.
  • : Following new legislation in Point Blob, it is often said that only Gelatinous Dodecahedron could bring down Dàguó.
  • : Following new legislation in Point Blob, a suspicious number of male students have joined the Ladies' Wrestling League.
  • : Following new legislation in Point Blob, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway.
  • : Following new legislation in Point Blob, multiple births are a cause of celebration for tax collectors.
  • : Following new legislation in Point Blob, arriving late for dinner is considered the height of selfishness.
  • : Following new legislation in Point Blob, chest pains are considered part of the dining experience in Point Blobian restaurants.
  • : Following new legislation in Point Blob, vital intelligence-gathering activities are put on hold as agents return home for seduction training and advanced poker instruction.
  • : Point Blob was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Following new legislation in Point Blob, census workers struggle to account for the rapidly increasing number of citizens to tabulate.

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