In 2003, Max Barry wrote Jennifer Government, a satricial thriller about the United States taking over the Western Hemisphere. It received rave reviews including significant recognition from the New York Times.
In the book, taxation in the brave new corporate world has been abolished. The government has been privatized and employees take the surname of the company they work for, a la Jennifer Government, Billy NRA, Violet ExxonMobil and Hack Nike.
A commentary on globalization and marketing hype, the book was written by Max Barry, a Gen Xer born in 1977. Barry also wrote the 1999 cult hit Syrup.
The Democratic Republic of Gen X Men
Jennifer Government inspired a very popular website, NationStates. It’s a nation simulation game in which players create nations based on political ideals. They either care for their people or deliberately oppress them. Recently, someone created The Democratic Republic of Gen X Men.
I find this mostly funny. The leading cause of death in the republic is old age, however, 2 percent die from bunging jumping and 5 percent were lost in the wilderness. It’s illegal to make racist remarks in The Democratic Republic of Gen X Men, and taxation is at 48 percent (even higher for the wealthy). The national animal is the Wolverine, which frolics freely in the nation-state’s many lush forests, and 5 percent of the Government’s expenditure is on “spirituality.”
By the way, Internet Database Movie reports a 2012 movie release date for Jennifer Government.