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The Amorphous Mass of Point Blob

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

Category: Left-Leaning College State
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Dominator

Location: Wild Hunt

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Point Blob

Population18.944 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 an even hand, and renowned for its compulsory military service, soft-spoken computers, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 18.944 billion Point Blobians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The medium-sized, corrupt 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 96.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Point Blobian economy, worth an astonishing 10,151 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 535,894 Points, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The seats at the back of the parliament are reserved for indigenous ministers, the government's suicide hotline now redirects callers to local tax lawyers, the subway is dead quiet in early afternoons, and the might of the entire Point Blobian Navy is focused on fifty bemused spear-throwing islanders. 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 23,802nd in the world and 1st in Wild Hunt for Nudest, with 217 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15thMost Secular: 25thMost Armed: 47thLargest Black Market: 78thRudest Citizens: 82ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 83rdHighest Crime Rates: 91stMost Scientifically Advanced: 103rdHighest Poor Incomes: 110thHighest Average Incomes: 215thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 254thFattest Citizens: 277thMost Rebellious Youth: 410thHighest Economic Output: 420thSmartest Citizens: 710thMost Advanced Public Education: 712thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,258thMost Efficient Economies: 1,304thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,454thLargest Governments: 1,469thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,634thTop
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Most Avoided: 2,379thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,402ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,870thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,006thMost Cultured: 5,046thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,451stLargest Populations: 7,527thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9,353rdMost Subsidized Industry: 10,413thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 14,868thHighest Drug Use: 18,673rd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Point Blob, the might of the entire Point Blobian Navy is focused on fifty bemused spear-throwing islanders.
  • : Following new legislation in Point Blob, the subway is dead quiet in early afternoons.
  • : Following new legislation in Point Blob, the government's suicide hotline now redirects callers to local tax lawyers.
  • : Following new legislation in Point Blob, the seats at the back of the parliament are reserved for indigenous ministers.
  • : Following new legislation in Point Blob, most of the population has had bad experiences with hoes.
  • : Following new legislation in Point Blob, real chickens replace rooster weather vanes on inner-city rooftop gardens.
  • : Following new legislation in Point Blob, hit and run driving is no longer a crime - it's the national sport.
  • : Point Blob was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "Left-Leaning College State".
  • : Following new legislation in Point Blob, corrupt Party bureaucrats are being voted out of office in overwhelming numbers.
  • : Following new legislation in Point Blob, space has been brought down to earth with constellations of cancer cases across Point Blob.

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