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The Republic of Static Charge 21

“Pride and Industry”

Category: Authoritarian Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Reasonable
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Zazumo

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Static Charge 21

Population1.736 billion

Currencydollar
Animalkiwi

The Republic of Static Charge 21 is a massive, safe nation, notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, public floggings, and ban on automobiles. The hard-nosed population of 1.736 billion Static Charge 21ians are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The large government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Healthcare, and Welfare are also considered important. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 61.1%.

The sizeable but inefficient Static Charge 21ian economy, worth 82.3 trillion dollars 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 a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Retail, Trout Farming, and Furniture Restoration. 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 47,396 dollars, with the richest citizens earning 8.3 times as much as the poorest.

There has been a rapid increase of noise complaints over the sound of buzzing bees, anyone who sneezes at border crossings is turned away, tech-mad citizens think that the laser-powered bread-slicer uPhone App is the coolest thing since sliced bread, and pallbearers at military funerals dive for cover when they hear the three-volley salute. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Static Charge 21's national animal is the kiwi, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Static Charge 21 is ranked 202,163rd in the world and 288th in Zazumo for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring -8.12 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 11,842ndSafest: 14,763rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 19,376th
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Safest: 12th in the regionMost Secular: 13th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 19th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 31st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Static Charge 21, pallbearers at military funerals dive for cover when they hear the three-volley salute.
  • : Following new legislation in Static Charge 21, tech-mad citizens think that the laser-powered bread-slicer uPhone App is the coolest thing since sliced bread.
  • : Following new legislation in Static Charge 21, anyone who sneezes at border crossings is turned away.
  • : Following new legislation in Static Charge 21, there has been a rapid increase of noise complaints over the sound of buzzing bees.
  • : Following new legislation in Static Charge 21, a video of Leader wearing shock-blue face paint and smashing an electric guitar in front of a frenzied crowd is on endless repeat on the nightly news.
  • : Following new legislation in Static Charge 21, the recently unemployed can often be seen at the local homeless shelter.
  • : Following new legislation in Static Charge 21, the government keeps introducing new foreign species to combat the previous ones it has introduced.
  • : Following new legislation in Static Charge 21, colonists who were promised new lands find only war-torn devastation.
  • : Following new legislation in Static Charge 21, the nation has opened its arms to an influx of refugees.
  • : Following new legislation in Static Charge 21, roosters that herald the rising sun are immediately sent to the slaughterhouse.

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