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The Republic of Uranus08

“In Uranus we do things a bit differently”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Balder

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Uranus08

Population26.104 billion

CapitalUranus08 City
LeaderDick
Faitha major religion

CurrencyPlug
AnimalMonkey

The Republic of Uranus08 is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Dick with an iron fist, and renowned for its avant-garde cinema, infamous sell-swords, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 26.104 billion Uranus08ians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The minute, corrupt, well-organized government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Uranus08 City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Uranus08ian economy, worth an astonishing 10,803 trillion Plugs 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 large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Uranium Mining, Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Retail. 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 413,847 Plugs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

The recently liberated free press cautiously uses compliment sandwiches to cushion its criticisms of Dick, unemployed youngsters trained to kill are being released en masse into society, military pilots spend more time scraping feathers off their engines than flying their aircraft, and veterans' meet-ups involve a lot of tail sniffing. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Uranus08's national animal is the Monkey, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is a major religion.

Uranus08 is ranked 798th in the world and 44th in Balder for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 22,113.01 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 107thLargest Agricultural Sector: 193rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 204thHighest Disposable Incomes: 215thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 224thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 257thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 263rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 311thLargest Mining Sector: 314thFattest Citizens: 332ndHighest Economic Output: 366thMost Avoided: 422ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 430thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 529thHighest Poor Incomes: 637thHighest Average Incomes: 652ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 693rdMost Corrupt Governments: 743rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 769thLargest Gambling Industry: 798thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,400thLargest Black Market: 1,440thLargest Retail Industry: 1,553rdMost Secular: 1,886thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,839thMost Efficient Economies: 3,263rdLargest Populations: 3,355thLowest Crime Rates: 4,183rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,185thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,152ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,768thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,641stRudest Citizens: 8,126thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,461stLargest Governments: 11,123rdTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 13,771stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,512thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 20,352nd
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Largest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 10th in the regionFattest Citizens: 10th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12th in the regionMost Avoided: 13th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 18th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 19th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 20th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 21st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 27th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 33rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 44th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 45th in the regionMost Secular: 60th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 62nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 63rd in the regionLargest Populations: 68th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 130th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 142nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 211th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 230th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 234th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 323rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 361st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 472nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 494th in the regionMost Stationary: 503rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 530th in the regionLargest Governments: 631st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 719th in the regionMost Influential: 737th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 742nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Uranus08's influence in Balder rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Uranus08 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Uranus08's influence in Balder fell from "Shoeshiner" to "Sprat".
  • : Uranus08's influence in Balder rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Uranus08 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Uranus08, veterans' meet-ups involve a lot of tail sniffing.
  • : Following new legislation in Uranus08, military pilots spend more time scraping feathers off their engines than flying their aircraft.
  • : Following new legislation in Uranus08, unemployed youngsters trained to kill are being released en masse into society.
  • : Uranus08 was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Following new legislation in Uranus08, the recently liberated free press cautiously uses compliment sandwiches to cushion its criticisms of Dick.

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