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Most Corrupt Governments: 1stMost Avoided: 1stLargest Mining Sector: 8th
The Exalted Supremacy of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Crush Their Spirits and You Will Control Their Minds
Influence
Truckler
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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East Borland

Population34.185 billion

CapitalThe Lair
LeaderHis Supreme Eminence
FaithOppression

CurrencySlave
AnimalGila Monster

The Exalted Supremacy of East Borland is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by His Supreme Eminence with an iron fist, and notable for its zero percent divorce rate, disturbing lack of elderly people, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 34.185 billion East Borlandists 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, moralistic, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Law & Order and Industry are also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Lair. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient East Borlandian economy, worth an astonishing 28,589 trillion Slaves a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is notable. Average income is a breathtaking 836,322 Slaves, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 6,202,877 per year while the poor average 33,563, a ratio of 184 to 1.

Locally produced computer games are being released faster than gamers can play them, the navy is chrome-plating its battleships to prevent rust, it is customary to begin the summer with a fasting ritual in which people eat nothing but kumquat smoothies, and smog in The Lair is so bad that fresh air bottles are sold by street vendors. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. East Borland's national animal is the Gila Monster, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Oppression.

East Borland is ranked 1,672nd in the world and 17th in The Alliance of Dictators for Largest Black Market, with 1,207 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Corrupt Governments: 1stMost Avoided: 1stLargest Mining Sector: 8thLargest Insurance Industry: 8thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9thFattest Citizens: 11thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11thHighest Disposable Incomes: 12thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13thMost Secular: 15thLargest Agricultural Sector: 17thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 19thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 25thHighest Economic Output: 25thHighest Average Incomes: 26thLargest Retail Industry: 28thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 31stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 34thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 34thMost Ignorant Citizens: 42ndMost Armed: 52ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 58thRudest Citizens: 110thMost Efficient Economies: 131stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 173rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 200thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 250thLargest Governments: 282ndLowest Crime Rates: 426thMost Primitive: 458thLargest Populations: 839thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,177thMost Stationary: 1,293rdLargest Black Market: 1,672ndTop
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,167thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,050thMost Influential: 6,514thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,813thMost Conservative: 12,115thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,161st
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Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionMost Primitive: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5th in the regionTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionMost Influential: 11th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 13th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, smog in The Lair is so bad that fresh air bottles are sold by street vendors.
  • : East Borland was reclassified from "Corporate Police State" to "Iron Fist Consumerists".
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, it is customary to begin the summer with a fasting ritual in which people eat nothing but kumquat smoothies.
  • : East Borland was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Corporate Police State".
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, the navy is chrome-plating its battleships to prevent rust.
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, locally produced computer games are being released faster than gamers can play them.
  • : East Borland was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, children's books regularly feature formerly distressed damsels suing their princes.
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, the Counter-Terrorism Unit has been nicknamed "Big Bad Wolf" for its tendency towards urban demolition.
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, His Supreme Eminence's recent "I have a dream that we will fight them by raking muck on the beaches" speech seems a little derivative to many.

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