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The Stormfront of Stormfolk

“A Storm arises”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Dealmaker

Location: The Union of The Greater Axis Powers

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Stormfolk

Population6.484 billion

CapitalLandfall
LeaderStorm Conductor Nicholas
FaithFolk Christianity

CurrencyThunder
AnimalLion

The Stormfront of Stormfolk is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Storm Conductor Nicholas with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, zero percent divorce rate, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.484 billion Stormfolks are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order and Industry also on the agenda, while Social Policy and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Landfall. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 35.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Stormfolk economy, worth a remarkable 1,272 trillion Thunders a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Retail, and Automobile Manufacturing. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 196,192 Thunders, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,317,798 per year while the poor average 10,932, a ratio of 120 to 1.

Tens of thousands of Stormfolks rock the night away at the annual SuperLob, freedom is never freely given — only when the alternative is too expensive, the nation's drinking water tends to glow green at night, and the government seizes all major gold finds. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. Stormfolk's national animal is the Lion, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Folk Christianity.

Stormfolk is ranked 202,149th in the world and 8th in The Union of The Greater Axis Powers for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -18.44 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Top
1%
Most Ignorant Citizens: 396thMost Corrupt Governments: 877thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 945thLargest Mining Sector: 961stFattest Citizens: 1,030thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,124thMost Devout: 1,272ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,315thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,352ndMost Avoided: 1,679thTop
5%
Largest Black Market: 2,724thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,854thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,980thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,270thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,651stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,711thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,955thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,095thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,848thRudest Citizens: 5,953rdHighest Average Incomes: 6,594thMost Efficient Economies: 7,210thLargest Retail Industry: 8,891stTop
10%
Most Subsidized Industry: 10,739thHighest Economic Output: 12,994thMost Conservative: 13,923rdLowest Crime Rates: 18,965th
Top
10%
Most Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Stormfolk changed its national leader to "Storm Conductor Nicholas".
  • : Following new legislation in Stormfolk, the government seizes all major gold finds.
  • : Following new legislation in Stormfolk, the nation's drinking water tends to glow green at night.
  • : Following new legislation in Stormfolk, freedom is never freely given — only when the alternative is too expensive.
  • : Following new legislation in Stormfolk, tens of thousands of Stormfolks rock the night away at the annual SuperLob.
  • : Stormfolk was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Stormfolk, the government is often referred to as "the biggest drug dealer in the nation".
  • : Following new legislation in Stormfolk, genetic researchers have been expelled.
  • : Following new legislation in Stormfolk, would-be mescaline users often describe a crawling sensation on their skin.
  • : Following new legislation in Stormfolk, citizens are encouraged to show displeasure with politicians by poking them with sharp metal sticks.

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