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The Free Joy State was Condemned by Security Council Resolution # 333
Most Ignorant Citizens: 237thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 276thMost Devout: 356th
The Petrifying Procrastinations of
Iron Fist Consumerists Champions of Commerce
Obedience is Man's Greatest Strength
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Civil Rights
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The Free Joy State

Population12.179 billion

CapitalGrand Central City
LeaderExalted Holiness
FaithThe True Church of the Exalted Holiness

CurrencySweeting
AnimalDove

The Petrifying Procrastinations of The Free Joy State is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Exalted Holiness with an iron fist, and remarkable for its fear of technology, enslaved workforce, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 12.179 billion Free Joyers 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, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Spirituality, Industry, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Welfare and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Grand Central City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 64.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Free Joyish economy, worth a remarkable 2,984 trillion Sweetings 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Woodchip Exports, Uranium Mining, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. 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 245,088 Sweetings, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,083,464 per year while the poor average 34,683, a ratio of 31.2 to 1.

Police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom, above The Free Joy State there is only sky and the fear of the unknown, the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry, and citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over The Free Joy State. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. The Free Joy State's national animal is the Dove, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The True Church of the Exalted Holiness.

The Free Joy State is ranked 8,327th in the world and 193rd in the Pacific for Highest Disposable Incomes, with 87,006.46 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 237thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 276thMost Devout: 356thMost Primitive: 395thLargest Insurance Industry: 788thLargest Black Market: 930thLargest Mining Sector: 963rdMost Corrupt Governments: 1,302ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,306thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,334thFattest Citizens: 1,370thMost Avoided: 1,402ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,460thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,719thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,909thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,341stTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,423rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,585thHighest Average Incomes: 3,674thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,700thHighest Economic Output: 4,757thMost Conservative: 4,851stHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,327thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,824thLargest Gambling Industry: 9,981stMost Subsidized Industry: 10,630thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 12,737thMost Efficient Economies: 12,745thLargest Governments: 13,469thMost Influential: 14,104thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,183rdMost Authoritarian: 14,880thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 22,181stLargest Populations: 23,123rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 23,172nd
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Primitive: 11th in the regionMost Devout: 13th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 20th in the regionLargest Black Market: 21st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 25th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 26th in the regionFattest Citizens: 27th in the regionMost Avoided: 34th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 35th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 35th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 43rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 51st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 51st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 54th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 64th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 65th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 68th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 100th in the regionLargest Populations: 115th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 124th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 193rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 206th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 210th in the regionMost Influential: 216th in the regionMost Conservative: 220th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 228th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 294th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 296th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 322nd in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 343rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 345th in the regionMost Stationary: 560th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 593rd in the regionMost Extreme: 614th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Free Joy State was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over The Free Joy State.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, above The Free Joy State there is only sky and the fear of the unknown.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, children who believe in the tooth fairy are frequently shipped off to Bigtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, prisoners pray grey skies are gonna clear up.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, pre-eclampsia in pregnancy is treated with encouragement to take "long soothing walks".
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, the relatives of suicide victims tend to be angry rather than sad.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, public shaming has become the favoured form of punishment.

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