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The United States of Midlands

“Don't just do something - stand there”

Category: Corporate Bordello
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: Korel

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The United States of Midlands is a gargantuan, economically powerful nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, intelligent population of 25.46 billion Midlandsians 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.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, corrupt, pro-business individuals juggles the competing demands of Defence, Law & Order, and Commerce. Income tax is unheard of. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Automobile Manufacturing industry, followed by Arms Manufacturing and Book Publishing.

Penurious citizens die from easily remedied ailments because they aren't 'taking enough initiative', referenda can be called for any law at the request of at least one third of the voting population, the government struggles to keep up with the endless list of petrol disasters, and only the rich can afford the latest medical innovations. Crime is crippling. Midlands's national animal is the bear, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its currency is the sand dollar.

Midlands is ranked 8th in Korel and 111,895th in the world for Most Beautiful Environments, with -16,969.5 Pounds of Wildlife less Pounds of Concrete per square mile.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 6 hours ago

  • 9 hours ago: Following new legislation in Midlands, only the rich can afford the latest medical innovations.
  • 21 hours ago: Midlands's influence in Korel rose from "Power" to "Superpower".
  • 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in Midlands, the government struggles to keep up with the endless list of petrol disasters.
  • 1 day 9 hours ago: Following new legislation in Midlands, referenda can be called for any law at the request of at least one third of the voting population.
  • 1 day 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in Midlands, penurious citizens die from easily remedied ailments because they aren't 'taking enough initiative'.
  • 2 days 9 hours ago: Following new legislation in Midlands, commuter vessels have trouble staying afloat due to increased passengers.
  • 2 days 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in Midlands, vile black smog from coal power plants has enveloped several major urban centres.
  • 3 days 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in Midlands, procrastination is a national sport.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Midlands, the people are famous throughout the region for their bleached-white teeth.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Midlands, rap artists are regularly jailed for promoting extremist groups.

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