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Midshire

Population19.369 billion

CapitalNew Dundee
LeaderPrinceps

Currencypint
Animalworm

The Empire of Midshire is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Princeps with a fair hand, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, otherworldly petting zoo, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 19.369 billion Midshireans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The tiny, liberal government prioritizes Education, although Industry, Environment, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Dundee. The average income tax rate is 5.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Midshirean economy, worth a remarkable 9,932 trillion pints a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is a breathtaking 512,819 pints, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

The importance of winning Olympic gold medals is indoctrinated from an early age, the government only announces the deaths of its members when it's convenient, warfare increasingly resembles a video game, and access to the woods is only granted to those who bring a small shrubbery. Crime is totally unknown. Midshire's national animal is the worm, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Midshire is ranked 245,828th in the world and 26th in Gay Equality for Most Primitive, scoring -1527.69 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Smartest Citizens: 61stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 62ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 66thHighest Disposable Incomes: 128thLargest Publishing Industry: 157thMost Efficient Economies: 162ndHighest Poor Incomes: 193rdHighest Average Incomes: 288thLargest Insurance Industry: 292ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 314thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 317thMost Cultured: 400thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 413thMost Secular: 426thLargest Information Technology Sector: 448thHighest Economic Output: 495thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 575thMost Rebellious Youth: 577thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 679thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 694thMost Inclusive: 809thRudest Citizens: 882ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,045thLargest Governments: 1,085thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,435thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,482ndLargest Retail Industry: 1,616thHighest Drug Use: 1,766thMost Developed: 1,953rdTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 2,508thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,976thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,160thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,193rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,368thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,721stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,723rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,260thMost Influential: 5,405thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,801stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,837thMost Stationary: 7,699thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,974thSafest: 8,107thLargest Populations: 8,193rdNudest: 10,115thLeast Corrupt Governments: 10,981stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,885thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,724thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 15,464thLargest Mining Sector: 17,010thHealthiest Citizens: 17,967th
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Lowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Midshire, access to the woods is only granted to those who bring a small shrubbery.
  • : Following new legislation in Midshire, warfare increasingly resembles a video game.
  • : Following new legislation in Midshire, the government only announces the deaths of its members when it's convenient.
  • : Following new legislation in Midshire, the importance of winning Olympic gold medals is indoctrinated from an early age.
  • : Following new legislation in Midshire, military spending is on the increase.
  • : Midshire's influence in Gay Equality rose from "Powerbroker" to "Power".
  • : Following new legislation in Midshire, the restriction that you must be over 1.1 metres tall to ride a carnotaurus has recently been waived.
  • : Following new legislation in Midshire, truth is often impossible to tell from fiction on the evening news.
  • : Following new legislation in Midshire, wounded veterans can only get prosthetics if they agree to become walking billboards for the arms industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Midshire, annual Formula One races bring the capital to a screeching halt.

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