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The Cog Nation of Week Nashun 5

“The Chairman won't be happy until you are.” The Chairman

Category: Corporate Bordello
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Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: The North Pacific


Week Nashun 5

Population4.841 billion

CapitalBossbot Headquarters
LeaderThe Chairman


The Cog Nation of Week Nashun 5 is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by The Chairman with a fair hand, and remarkable for its otherworldly petting zoo, free-roaming dinosaurs, and digital currency. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 4.841 billion Cogs are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Industry, although Defense is also considered important, while Environment and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bossbot Headquarters. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Cogian economy, worth a remarkable 1,789 trillion Bullions a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Soda Sales, Gambling, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 369,621 Bullions, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,270,856 per year while the poor average 5,884, a ratio of 555 to 1.

A new religious movement claims that people's souls are stored in phosphorus, bombs are permitted on planes for the 'security of the passengers', classes are regularly interrupted by drunken children, and marketing departments of corporate giants compete to sponsor little league teams. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Week Nashun 5's national animal is the Toon, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Cogism.

Week Nashun 5 is ranked 121,477th in the world and 6,037th in The North Pacific for Most Average, scoring 31.54 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

Rudest Citizens: 74thLargest Retail Industry: 77thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 139thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 166thFattest Citizens: 184thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 206thMost Armed: 216thLargest Gambling Industry: 243rdHighest Crime Rates: 261stMost Efficient Economies: 288thMost Avoided: 303rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 309thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 371stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 626thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 650thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 746thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 784thHighest Average Incomes: 905thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,288thLargest Mining Sector: 1,436thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,463rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,519thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1,839thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,925thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,950thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,178thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,389thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,448thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,722ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,385thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,791stHighest Economic Output: 8,043rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,356thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,425thTop
Most Pro-Market: 10,355thMost Secular: 10,562ndLargest Governments: 10,942ndHighest Drug Use: 11,480thMost Cultured: 12,167thLargest Black Market: 15,526th
Rudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Avoided: 8th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 8th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 10th in the regionMost Armed: 11th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 11th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 16th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 21st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 28th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 32nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 38th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 53rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 54th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 61st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 62nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 79th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 84th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 94th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 112th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 130th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 133rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 168th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 183rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 246th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 248th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 307th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 422nd in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 474th in the regionLargest Black Market: 502nd in the regionLargest Governments: 528th in the regionMost Secular: 558th in the regionMost Cultured: 585th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 738th in the regionMost Stationary: 762nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Week Nashun 5, marketing departments of corporate giants compete to sponsor little league teams.
  • : Following new legislation in Week Nashun 5, classes are regularly interrupted by drunken children.
  • : Following new legislation in Week Nashun 5, bombs are permitted on planes for the 'security of the passengers'.
  • : Following new legislation in Week Nashun 5, a new religious movement claims that people's souls are stored in phosphorus.
  • : Following new legislation in Week Nashun 5, the government raises tariffs on a weekly basis.
  • : Following new legislation in Week Nashun 5, young children are regularly seen wagering pocket money at blackjack tables.
  • : Following new legislation in Week Nashun 5, warfare increasingly resembles a video game.
  • : Following new legislation in Week Nashun 5, Maxtopian tourists make expensive pilgrimages to Bossbot Headquarters to enjoy their national art.
  • : Following new legislation in Week Nashun 5, Toon is one of the most popular forenames in Week Nashun 5.
  • : Following new legislation in Week Nashun 5, Cogian athletes are close to breaking the 2 minute mile and the 16 meter long jump.


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