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Most Advanced Public Transport: 4,117thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,319thSafest: 4,704th
The Grand Duchy of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
What the hell!
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Reasonable
Political Freedom
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Bumblebop

Population18.982 billion

CapitalGreater Bumblebop
LeaderNog the Flatulent
FaithThe Hummm

CurrencyGroat
AnimalHamster

The Grand Duchy of Bumblebop is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Nog the Flatulent with a fair hand, and remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, restrictive gun laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 18.982 billion Bumblebopians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Greater Bumblebop. The average income tax rate is 82.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The enormous but inefficient Bumblebopian economy, worth a remarkable 1,011 trillion Groats a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 53,281 Groats, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods, the new Refuse Hills housing development is under construction, oil executives can be seen reluctantly cleaning oil-soaked birds, and students cut up leftover Groats during Arts and Crafts. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bumblebop's national animal is the Hamster, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Hummm.

Bumblebop is ranked 239,576th in the world and 23rd in Absolution for Largest Retail Industry, scoring -23.19 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

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Most Advanced Public Transport: 4,117thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,319thSafest: 4,704thMost Pacifist: 5,353rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,519thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,186thLargest Populations: 8,329thMost Devout: 8,729thHealthiest Citizens: 8,763rdBest Weather: 8,870thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,598thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,145thMost Income Equality: 10,306thNicest Citizens: 10,806thMost Rebellious Youth: 12,077thTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 12,661stMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,521stHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,620thMost Stationary: 14,009thLargest Governments: 14,116thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,234thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,871stMost Advanced Public Education: 14,982ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,710thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,140thLowest Crime Rates: 17,294thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,330thHighest Economic Output: 17,979thSmartest Citizens: 19,300thMost Cultured: 21,063rdMost Politically Free: 21,608th
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Most Income Equality: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Politically Free: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bumblebop was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : Bumblebop's influence in Absolution fell from "Page" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Bumblebop's influence in Absolution rose from "Shoeshiner" to "Page".
  • : Bumblebop was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Bumblebop was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Bumblebop was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Zombies and Most Zombified.
  • : Bumblebop was ravaged by a Zombie Thing Horde from The Ghostly JDS of WeeabooNashion, infecting 276 million survivors.
  • : Bumblebop was ravaged by a Zombie Thing Horde from The Ghostly JDS of WeeabooNashion, infecting 741 million survivors and converting to a zombie exporter! Oh no!
  • : Bumblebop was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Zombies and the Top 10% for Most Dead.
  • : Bumblebop was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured.

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