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The Empire of Scandrial

“Conquer and Prosper”

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

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The East Pacific

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Scandrial

Population4.213 billion

CapitalThe Nexus of a Thousand Spires
LeaderThe Lord Conqueror

Currencybitcoin
Animalcrow

The Empire of Scandrial is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The Lord Conqueror with an iron fist, and renowned for its smutty television, sprawling nuclear power plants, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 4.213 billion Skaa 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Education and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Nexus of a Thousand Spires. The average income tax rate is 97.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Skaa economy, worth a remarkable 1,974 trillion bitcoins 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, fairly diversified 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 an amazing 468,781 bitcoins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Being dead no longer has any benefits, vital intelligence-gathering activities are put on hold as agents return home for seduction training and advanced poker instruction, 'Police Academy 36' and 'Sharknados On A Plane' are vying for top spot at the box-office, and no one believes anything until it has been strenuously tested and peer-reviewed. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Scandrial's national animal is the crow, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Scandrial is ranked 948th in the world and 19th in The East Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 907.64 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 29thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 56thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 85thLargest Information Technology Sector: 158thHighest Poor Incomes: 206thHighest Average Incomes: 314thLargest Black Market: 427thMost Corrupt Governments: 473rdMost Secular: 662ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 948thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,105thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,171stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,216thLowest Crime Rates: 1,478thLargest Governments: 1,499thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,050thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,300thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,572ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,911thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,130thSmartest Citizens: 3,580thMost Conservative: 3,910thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,929thMost Authoritarian: 3,929thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,906thHighest Economic Output: 6,291stMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,915thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,054thHealthiest Citizens: 7,222ndMost Beautiful Environments: 7,396thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,465thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 8,611thMost Developed: 8,798thMost Extreme: 9,839thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 10,901stLargest Retail Industry: 12,074thBest Weather: 12,151stLargest Mining Sector: 13,372ndMost Influential: 14,048th
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 19th in the regionMost Secular: 21st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 22nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 25th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 29th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 29th in the regionLargest Governments: 33rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 36th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 50th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 54th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 56th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 66th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 94th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 101st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 105th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 108th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 126th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 171st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 179th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 195th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 200th in the regionMost Conservative: 203rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 208th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 224th in the regionMost Developed: 265th in the regionMost Extreme: 273rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 299th in the regionMost Stationary: 315th in the regionBest Weather: 356th in the regionTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 397th in the regionLargest Populations: 489th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 504th in the regionMost Influential: 649th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 685th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, no one believes anything until it has been strenuously tested and peer-reviewed.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, 'Police Academy 36' and 'Sharknados On A Plane' are vying for top spot at the box-office.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, vital intelligence-gathering activities are put on hold as agents return home for seduction training and advanced poker instruction.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, being dead no longer has any benefits.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, large areas of Scandrial are not accessible by the public.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, Dogman-branded weapons are all the rage in the militaristic comic-book community.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, billions of bitcoins are being blown on orbital weapons development.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, government popup ads are springing up like weeds.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, the army's use of chemical weapons leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
  • : Following new legislation in Scandrial, caps with skulls on them are the height of fashion.

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