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The Nakedness of Sheelberite

“It's getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes.” Walter J Peabody III

Category: Moralistic Democracy
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific



Population2.665 billion

LeaderWalter J Peabody III

AnimalFlamin' Codswallop

The Nakedness of Sheelberite is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Walter J Peabody III with an even hand, and remarkable for its feral children, smutty television, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 2.665 billion Sheelberites are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The large, corrupt government prioritizes Education, although Law & Order, Administration, and Industry are also considered important, while International Aid and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bloodyoath. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 63.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Sheelberitean economy, worth 337 trillion dollarydoos 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 Tourism, Basket Weaving, Furniture Restoration, and Cheese Exports. 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 126,511 dollarydoos, with the richest citizens earning 6.5 times as much as the poorest.

Foreign policy is mostly just to smile and hope for the best, bungee jumpers frequently go splat, citizens recently voted in favour of declaring bubblewrap an 'abomination of nature', and graffiti graces every city's streets. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sheelberite's national animal is the Flamin' Codswallop, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Pantheism.

Sheelberite is ranked 140,223rd in the world and 6,106th in The East Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring -65.56 on the Rand Index.

Most Primitive: 596thTop
Nudest: 1,857thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,896thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,328thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,466thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,746thLargest Black Market: 4,023rdMost Influential: 4,199thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,415thRudest Citizens: 5,422ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,451stMost Beautiful Environments: 8,176thTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 8,677thMost Secular: 9,093rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,953rdMost Cultured: 12,145thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,402ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,288thMost Efficient Economies: 16,330th
Most Primitive: 20th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 45th in the regionNudest: 53rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 54th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 55th in the regionLargest Black Market: 73rd in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 90th in the regionRudest Citizens: 140th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 186th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 240th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 278th in the regionMost Secular: 283rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 293rd in the regionMost Cultured: 311th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 335th in the regionMost Influential: 345th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 395th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 423rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 456th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 485th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 495th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 514th in the regionMost Stationary: 548th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 573rd in the regionMost Developed: 576th in the regionLargest Governments: 655th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sheelberite, graffiti graces every city's streets.
  • : Following new legislation in Sheelberite, citizens recently voted in favour of declaring bubblewrap an 'abomination of nature'.
  • : Following new legislation in Sheelberite, bungee jumpers frequently go splat.
  • : Following new legislation in Sheelberite, foreign policy is mostly just to smile and hope for the best.
  • : Following new legislation in Sheelberite, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings.
  • : Following new legislation in Sheelberite, multiple polls have christened the newly-formed Filibuster Committee as "the least efficient government bureaucracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Sheelberite, preschools put children down for naps with milk, cookies, and a gruesome story of vengeance.
  • : Following new legislation in Sheelberite, government officials are held to the highest standard of morality.
  • : Sheelberite was endorsed by The Nation States Holy Red Jolly of Celannica.
  • : Following new legislation in Sheelberite, the well-to-do in The East Pacific are never on time for important appointments.


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