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The Holy Empire of Snoodum

“All hail God-Emperor Snudgskooge” God-Emperor Snudgskooge

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus

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Snoodum

Population8.4 billion

CapitalSnudgskooge's palace
LeaderGod-Emperor Snudgskooge
FaithSnoodism

CurrencyFleb
AnimalHorned Mukaboo

The Holy Empire of Snoodum is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by God-Emperor Snudgskooge with an iron fist, and remarkable for its prohibition of alcohol, ubiquitous missile silos, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 8.4 billion Snoodians 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 enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Healthcare, and Environment also on the agenda, while International Aid is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Snudgskooge's palace. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Snoodian economy, worth a remarkable 2,637 trillion Flebs 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, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. 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 314,010 Flebs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens can only enjoy the splendor of the natural world in designated 'Majesty Appreciation' zones, the government spends millions of Flebs every year prosecuting spammers, fewer people are bathing as citizens must show ration stamps before they can turn on their faucets, and 3D printed organs are a breath of new life for the sick and elderly. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Snoodum's national animal is the Horned Mukaboo, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Snoodism.

Snoodum is ranked 35,273rd in the world and 1,435th in Lazarus for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 3,678.99 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 133rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 360thMost Corrupt Governments: 446thMost Influential: 497thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 550thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 645thMost Advanced Public Education: 699thLargest Black Market: 702ndLowest Crime Rates: 770thHighest Average Tax Rates: 814thLargest Governments: 900thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,066thHighest Average Incomes: 1,361stMost Beautiful Environments: 1,378thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,472ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,538thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,695thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,966thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,044thBest Weather: 2,293rdMost Subsidized Industry: 2,307thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,853rdSmartest Citizens: 3,295thNudest: 3,574thHighest Economic Output: 4,131stHealthiest Citizens: 4,492ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,665thMost Efficient Economies: 5,056thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,675thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,044thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,194thTop
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Most Secular: 8,203rdMost Authoritarian: 9,247thMost Cultured: 9,776thMost Developed: 12,005th
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Most Influential: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 25th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 28th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 28th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 29th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 35th in the regionLargest Black Market: 36th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 36th in the regionLargest Governments: 38th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 41st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 55th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 59th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 61st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 72nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 89th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 94th in the regionBest Weather: 97th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 106th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 117th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 129th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 139th in the regionNudest: 178th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 186th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 249th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 258th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 259th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 292nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 297th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 306th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 389th in the regionMost Secular: 423rd in the regionMost Cultured: 574th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Snoodum, 3D printed organs are a breath of new life for the sick and elderly.
  • : Following new legislation in Snoodum, fewer people are bathing as citizens must show ration stamps before they can turn on their faucets.
  • : Following new legislation in Snoodum, the government spends millions of Flebs every year prosecuting spammers.
  • : Following new legislation in Snoodum, citizens can only enjoy the splendor of the natural world in designated 'Majesty Appreciation' zones.
  • : Following new legislation in Snoodum, the nation has nearly as many history museums as Snoodians.
  • : Following new legislation in Snoodum, internet moderators work overtime to remove memes comparing God-Emperor Snudgskooge to cartoon bears.
  • : Following new legislation in Snoodum, protesters are up in arms over new nuclear power stations.
  • : Following new legislation in Snoodum, warfare increasingly resembles a video game.
  • : Following new legislation in Snoodum, EULAs remind customers that "Private Mode" is a browser setting rather than a promise.
  • : Snoodum was endorsed by The Community of Shangri-La Valley.

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