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Most Devout: 32ndMost Corrupt Governments: 40thMost Efficient Economies: 46th
The Galactic Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists Champions of Commerce
Give Me Glorious Victory Or Give Me Honorable Death
Grand Emperor Vladimir Novgorod IV
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Flarbinia

Population19.623 billion

CapitalDeroth Ungol
LeaderGrand Emperor Vladimir Novgorod IV
FaithChurch Of Crulmoxius

CurrencyShark'towel
AnimalHellhound

The Galactic Empire of Flarbinia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Grand Emperor Vladimir Novgorod IV with an iron fist, and notable for its museums and concert halls, sprawling nuclear power plants, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 19.623 billion Flarbinians 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 tiny, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Deroth Ungol. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 2.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Flarbinian economy, worth an astonishing 11,481 trillion Shark'towels a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is a breathtaking 585,102 Shark'towels, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,374,428 per year while the poor average 48,515, a ratio of 69.6 to 1.

RPG fans reminisce fondly about when people thought they were evil and dangerous rather than geeky and socially inept, tombstones are ten feet high to accommodate the names of inhabitants, the environment is gorgeous so long as you're looking up, and signs of extraterrestrial life are just foreign astronauts evading Flarbinian justice. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Flarbinia's national animal is the Hellhound, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Church Of Crulmoxius.

Flarbinia is ranked 616th in the world and 27th in Lazarus for Most Armed, with 26.84 Weapons Per Person.

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Most Devout: 32ndMost Corrupt Governments: 40thMost Efficient Economies: 46thHighest Disposable Incomes: 70thMost Avoided: 73rdLargest Retail Industry: 144thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 145thMost Cultured: 153rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 156thHighest Average Incomes: 160thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 160thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 168thLargest Mining Sector: 188thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 191stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 200thLargest Insurance Industry: 229thLargest Gambling Industry: 324thMost Scientifically Advanced: 341stHighest Economic Output: 346thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 368thFattest Citizens: 391stLargest Agricultural Sector: 404thLowest Crime Rates: 457thMost Subsidized Industry: 504thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 553rdRudest Citizens: 585thMost Armed: 616thLargest Governments: 619thLargest Information Technology Sector: 992ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,460thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,465thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,656thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,762ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,765thTop
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Largest Black Market: 2,769thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,092ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,115thLargest Populations: 7,933rdSmartest Citizens: 8,008thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,705thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 16,948thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,434thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18,528thMost Stationary: 20,995thMost Influential: 21,457thLargest Publishing Industry: 21,901st
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Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 11th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12th in the regionFattest Citizens: 15th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 17th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 17th in the regionRudest Citizens: 19th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 23rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 24th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 24th in the regionLargest Governments: 27th in the regionMost Armed: 27th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 32nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 79th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 82nd in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 88th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 92nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 95th in the regionLargest Black Market: 130th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 173rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 201st in the regionLargest Populations: 225th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 283rd in the regionMost Stationary: 333rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 359th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 391st in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 456th in the regionMost Influential: 504th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, signs of extraterrestrial life are just foreign astronauts evading Flarbinian justice.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, the environment is gorgeous so long as you're looking up.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, tombstones are ten feet high to accommodate the names of inhabitants.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, RPG fans reminisce fondly about when people thought they were evil and dangerous rather than geeky and socially inept.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, pet owners must make a payment if their charges leave a deposit.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, sneezing pedestrians are grabbed by alley-lurking doctors.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, a survey of the nation's rivers and children has shown that pesticide levels are at an all-time regional high.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, students consistently complain that the wi-fi ate their homework.
  • : Following new legislation in Flarbinia, war criminals are given full state funerals.
  • : Flarbinia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Black Market.

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