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The Corporate Theocracy of The Merry Christmas

“Santa is Watching”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Powerbroker

Location: The Arctic

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The Merry Christmas

Population22.307 billion

CapitalChristmas Town
LeaderSanta
FaithChristmas Spirit

Currencydollar
Animalreindeer

The Corporate Theocracy of The Merry Christmas is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Santa with an iron fist, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, ubiquitous missile silos, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 22.307 billion Christmasites are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Christmas Town. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Christmas economy, worth a remarkable 8,205 trillion dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and dominated by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Soda Sales, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 367,828 dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,907,573 per year while the poor average 38,429, a ratio of 49.6 to 1.

Employers may fire workers without giving any reason, photos of picturesque coastal buildings are set against a backdrop of smokestacks and ship hulls, the industries of The Merry Christmas are coughing all the way to the bank, and books are considered luxuries only available to the incredibly wealthy. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. The Merry Christmas's national animal is the reindeer, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christmas Spirit.

The Merry Christmas is ranked 207,676th in the world and 11th in The Arctic for Most Politically Free, scoring 17.29 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Top
1%
Largest Retail Industry: 6thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 123rdLargest Insurance Industry: 153rdFattest Citizens: 233rdMost Avoided: 251stMost Devout: 257thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 305thMost Corrupt Governments: 311thMost Efficient Economies: 319thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 330thHighest Disposable Incomes: 339thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 385thLargest Mining Sector: 548thMost Ignorant Citizens: 578thLargest Agricultural Sector: 582ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 584thHighest Economic Output: 740thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 872ndHighest Average Incomes: 1,071stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,210thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,371stRudest Citizens: 2,081stMost Subsidized Industry: 2,259thTop
5%
Lowest Crime Rates: 2,539thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,861stMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,215thLargest Populations: 5,534thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,150thMost Stationary: 7,354thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,584thLargest Governments: 10,467thLargest Black Market: 11,151stTop
10%
Most Influential: 12,764thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,296thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20,727thMost Pro-Market: 22,644th
Top
10%
Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Merry Christmas was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, books are considered luxuries only available to the incredibly wealthy.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, the industries of The Merry Christmas are coughing all the way to the bank.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, photos of picturesque coastal buildings are set against a backdrop of smokestacks and ship hulls.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, employers may fire workers without giving any reason.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, polite commuters on the Christmas Town Metro always let hurried workers off the train first.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, traffic jams are a common sight due to construction work from a massive overhaul of the nation's freeways.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, tumbleweeds made of litter adorn city streets.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, industry tycoons rarely hide their misdeeds due to the government's habit of bailing them out.
  • : Following new legislation in The Merry Christmas, young girls and senior citizens alike can be spotted wearing colourful short shorts.

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