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Fattest Citizens: 1st Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st Highest Disposable Incomes: 1st
The Allied Corporate Empire of
Corporate Bordello
A Good Place to Raise Your Business
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Northern Borland

Population31.648 billion

CapitalCommerce City
LeaderPresident and CEO

CurrencyGreenback
AnimalBuck

The Allied Corporate Empire of Northern Borland is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by President and CEO with a fair hand, and notable for its flagrant waste-dumping, unlimited-speed roads, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 31.648 billion Northern Borlandians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Commerce City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Northern Borlandian economy, worth an astonishing 31,493 trillion Greenbacks a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Gambling, and Information Technology. Average income is a breathtaking 995,117 Greenbacks, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,824,154 per year while the poor average 118,819, a ratio of 40.6 to 1.

People are more interested in gossip about the private lives of politicians than their policies, all footpaths have tollbooths, the nation's orphanages and maternity wards have been nicknamed 'the Killbot Factories', and college-level writing classes are taught by undergraduate editors of the school newspaper. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. Northern Borland's national animal is the Buck, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Northern Borland is ranked 49th in the world and 2nd in Capitalist Paradise for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 1,570.1 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Fattest Citizens: 1stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1stHighest Disposable Incomes: 1stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2ndRudest Citizens: 2ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2ndLargest Retail Industry: 3rdMost Avoided: 5thLargest Gambling Industry: 8thHighest Economic Output: 9thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9thHighest Average Incomes: 9thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10thMost Armed: 11thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 15thHighest Crime Rates: 20thLargest Insurance Industry: 21stMost Secular: 44thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 49thMost Scientifically Advanced: 49thLargest Mining Sector: 67thLargest Agricultural Sector: 103rdLargest Publishing Industry: 226thMost Corrupt Governments: 231stMost Rebellious Youth: 241stSmartest Citizens: 343rdMost Stationary: 471stLargest Information Technology Sector: 586thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 656thLargest Populations: 989thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,288thMost Efficient Economies: 1,519thTop
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Largest Black Market: 2,587thLargest Governments: 4,900thMost Influential: 5,206thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,754thTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,804thHighest Drug Use: 11,336th
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Fattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 16th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 19th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, college-level writing classes are taught by undergraduate editors of the school newspaper.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, the nation's orphanages and maternity wards have been nicknamed 'the Killbot Factories'.
  • : Northern Borland was reclassified from "Anarchy" to "Corporate Bordello".
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, all footpaths have tollbooths.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, people are more interested in gossip about the private lives of politicians than their policies.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, labour strikes are routinely squashed by police.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, politicians have been known to swim in pools filled with Greenbacks.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, Tesco was recently named as the new national treasurer.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, couples are discouraged from marrying until they can rank their partner on a scale of one to ten.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, stylish juvenile delinquents are highly overrepresented in fatal motorcycle accidents.

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