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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2ndMost Efficient Economies: 6thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th
The United States of
Anarchy
Don't just do something - stand there
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excessive

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Midlands

Population39.791 billion

LeaderLeader

Currencysand dollar
Animalbear

The United States of Midlands is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, keen interest in outer space, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 39.791 billion Midlandsians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, although Defense, Education, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy aren't funded at all. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Midlandsian economy, worth an astonishing 29,966 trillion sand dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Automobile Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Book Publishing, and Information Technology. Average income is a breathtaking 753,102 sand dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.5 times as much as the poorest.

Politicians always seem to take two steps forward then three steps back, the government is spending millions on 'trust campaigns' in an effort to win back the public's support, the standard government reply to any query is "there is no spoon", and cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Midlands's national animal is the bear, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Midlands is ranked 17,833rd in the world and 12th in Capitalist Paradise for Most Politically Free, scoring 86.43 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2ndMost Efficient Economies: 6thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8thLargest Populations: 14thLargest Retail Industry: 15thMost Avoided: 15thRudest Citizens: 19thFattest Citizens: 20thHighest Disposable Incomes: 27thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 27thHighest Economic Output: 28thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 28thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 34thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 36thLargest Agricultural Sector: 54thHighest Average Incomes: 57thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 70thLargest Mining Sector: 74thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 77thLargest Publishing Industry: 100thMost Valuable International Artwork: 121stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 135thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 150thLargest Gambling Industry: 151stMost Scientifically Advanced: 169thSmartest Citizens: 186thHighest Poor Incomes: 235thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 236thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 281stMost Subsidized Industry: 797thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 974thLargest Governments: 1,016thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,487thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,031stTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,270thSafest: 6,759thLowest Crime Rates: 7,561stLargest Black Market: 8,233rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,257thLargest Insurance Industry: 9,275thNudest: 11,789thTop
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Most Armed: 13,130thMost Stationary: 14,399thMost Secular: 14,861stMost Influential: 16,247thMost Politically Free: 17,833rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,302ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,015thMost Advanced Public Education: 23,563rd
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Largest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 11th in the regionMost Politically Free: 12th in the regionSafest: 13th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 14th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 16th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 18th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19th in the regionLargest Black Market: 29th in the regionMost Extreme: 33rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, the standard government reply to any query is "there is no spoon".
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, the government is spending millions on 'trust campaigns' in an effort to win back the public's support.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, politicians always seem to take two steps forward then three steps back.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, people seem disproportionately distraught when told a museum has a phones-off policy.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, unused plastic recycling bins are being dumped into landfills by the tonne.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, baiting is a national sport.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, literature classes frequently go on field trips to rock concerts.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, the roar of the Niagara 3000 mega-loo can be heard several blocks away.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, any body part that can be cut off a person is no longer considered to be their property.

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