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The Borderlands of The Damned and Flaed

“We don't know how this country survives either”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the Pacific

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The Damned and Flaed

Population459 million

Currencypeople
Animalchild

The Borderlands of The Damned and Flaed is a huge, orderly nation, renowned for its compulsory vegetarianism, ritual sacrifices, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 459 million Damned and Flaedians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Healthcare. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 39.6%.

The very strong Damned and Flaedian economy, worth 37.2 trillion peoples a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Woodchip Exports, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is 81,018 peoples, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 437,728 per year while the poor average 7,769, a ratio of 56.3 to 1.

Military geniuses responsible for brilliant campaigns are drummed out because they have close same-sex friends and an interest in interior design, anti-riot police are dispatched whenever two elderly ladies gather to complain that prices have increased, weather reports simply advise Damned and Flaedians to 'look outside', and Damned and Flaedians are fixin' ta comma any way they wanna. Crime, especially youth-related, is well under control, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Damned and Flaed's national animal is the child, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Damned and Flaed is ranked 146,868th in the world and 4,551st in the Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 41.92 on the Hayek Index.

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5%
Nudest: 7,552ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,992ndMost Avoided: 9,701stLargest Retail Industry: 10,435thTop
10%
Most Ignorant Citizens: 15,240thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18,475thMost Corrupt Governments: 18,634thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20,877th
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5%
Nudest: 163rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 191st in the regionMost Avoided: 220th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 235th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 247th in the regionTop
10%
Most Armed: 369th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 441st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 450th in the regionLargest Black Market: 504th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 505th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 506th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 513th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 528th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 601st in the regionFattest Citizens: 647th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Damned and Flaed was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in The Damned and Flaed, Damned and Flaedians are fixin' ta comma any way they wanna.
  • : Following new legislation in The Damned and Flaed, weather reports simply advise Damned and Flaedians to 'look outside'.
  • : Following new legislation in The Damned and Flaed, anti-riot police are dispatched whenever two elderly ladies gather to complain that prices have increased.
  • : Following new legislation in The Damned and Flaed, military geniuses responsible for brilliant campaigns are drummed out because they have close same-sex friends and an interest in interior design.
  • : Following new legislation in The Damned and Flaed, environmental protestors are being rounded up and taken away in sinister black vans as a massive land development campaign gets underway.
  • : The Damned and Flaed was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Avoided.
  • : Following new legislation in The Damned and Flaed, The Damned and Flaed recently decided against having a capital city.
  • : Following new legislation in The Damned and Flaed, breast milk lattes are the newest fad among hip urbanites.
  • : Following new legislation in The Damned and Flaed, "The Daily Sacrifice" is a routine segment of morning news shows.

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