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The Scarlet Symphony of Singu1arity

“Kill the mutant, burn the heretic, purge the unclean.”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the Rejected Realms

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Singu1arity

Population13.772 billion

CapitalSingu1arity City
LeaderLeader

CurrencyReally Round Pebble
Animalflying hippo

The Scarlet Symphony of Singu1arity is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Leader with an iron fist, and renowned for its flagrant waste-dumping, digital currency, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 13.772 billion Singu1arityians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Industry, with Education, Law & Order, and Defense also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Singu1arity City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Singu1arityian economy, worth a remarkable 5,281 trillion Really Round Pebbles a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an amazing 383,529 Really Round Pebbles, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,162,755 per year while the poor average 98,373, a ratio of 11.8 to 1.

Human sacrifice to the metaphorical altar of Mammon ensures national prosperity, it turns out that money can buy you happiness, many of the country's largest dumps can be seen from space, and multiple births are a cause of celebration for tax collectors. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Singu1arity's national animal is the flying hippo, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Singu1arity is ranked 36,010th in the world and 1,154th in the Rejected Realms for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 3,478.79 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

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Largest Retail Industry: 95thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 158thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 168thMost Efficient Economies: 202ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 285thMost Avoided: 291stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 474thMost Secular: 489thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 501stRudest Citizens: 510thMost Corrupt Governments: 531stMost Scientifically Advanced: 552ndLargest Mining Sector: 645thMost Subsidized Industry: 798thHighest Average Incomes: 864thLargest Information Technology Sector: 878thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,511thSmartest Citizens: 1,563rdHighest Economic Output: 1,689thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,700thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,758thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,532ndMost Developed: 2,662ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,691stLargest Governments: 2,937thFattest Citizens: 3,578thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,234thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,947thLowest Crime Rates: 5,030thMost Influential: 5,074thLargest Black Market: 6,126thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,706thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,012thTop
10%
Longest Average Lifespans: 14,885thLargest Populations: 16,808thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17,326thLargest Publishing Industry: 18,988thMost Advanced Public Education: 19,259th
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1%
Most Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 9th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 19th in the regionMost Avoided: 19th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 20th in the regionRudest Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 23rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 25th in the regionMost Secular: 26th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 26th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 30th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 35th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 41st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 44th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 51st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 56th in the regionMost Influential: 58th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 59th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 60th in the regionTop
5%
Most Developed: 69th in the regionLargest Governments: 74th in the regionFattest Citizens: 86th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 88th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 90th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 96th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 130th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 281st in the regionLargest Populations: 295th in the regionLargest Black Market: 297th in the regionTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 327th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 353rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 434th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 439th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 456th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 486th in the regionMost Stationary: 517th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Singu1arity, multiple births are a cause of celebration for tax collectors.
  • : Following new legislation in Singu1arity, many of the country's largest dumps can be seen from space.
  • : Following new legislation in Singu1arity, it turns out that money can buy you happiness.
  • : Following new legislation in Singu1arity, human sacrifice to the metaphorical altar of Mammon ensures national prosperity.
  • : Following new legislation in Singu1arity, census workers struggle to account for the rapidly increasing number of citizens to tabulate.
  • : Following new legislation in Singu1arity, anniversaries of major historical events pass unnoticed.
  • : Following new legislation in Singu1arity, an IT mega-corporation has a patent pending on the rectangle.
  • : Following new legislation in Singu1arity, immigrants who don't like the taste of Singu1arityian Turnip Chips are immediately deported.
  • : Following new legislation in Singu1arity, criminals rejoice in the streets as the entire police force is sent away on a training retreat.
  • : Following new legislation in Singu1arity, children are often punished for the sins of the fathers.

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