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The Starting-up Paradise of Trigania

“Strike with the fist, don't tickle with the fingers!”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Imploded
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: The Axis of Evil

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The Starting-up Paradise of Trigania is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Burt Widter with a fair hand, and remarkable for its complete absence of social welfare. The compassionate, intelligent population of 25.562 billion Triganians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, the Environment, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 69%, and even higher for the wealthy. The private sector is almost wholly made up of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out.

Invasive species are hunted by the gendarmerie, the importance of winning Olympic gold medals is indoctrinated from an early age, the government is spending millions on renovating the public transportation system, and morning coffees are no longer the same since the disappearance of newspapers. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Trigania's national animal is the Ravenous Bugblatter, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its currency is the Ningi.

Trigania is ranked 20th in The Axis of Evil and 88,934th in the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -9 on the Hayek Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 22 hours ago

  • 1 day ago: Trigania was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Largest Populations.
  • 14 days ago: Trigania was ranked in the Top 5% of the region for Healthiest Citizens (last census: Top 10%).
  • 35 days ago: Following new legislation in Trigania, morning coffees are no longer the same since the disappearance of newspapers.
  • 40 days ago: Following new legislation in Trigania, the government is spending millions on renovating the public transportation system.
  • 54 days ago: Following new legislation in Trigania, the importance of winning Olympic gold medals is indoctrinated from an early age.
  • 56 days ago: Following new legislation in Trigania, invasive species are hunted by the gendarmerie.
  • 65 days ago: Trigania fell out of the regional Top 10% for Least Corrupt Governments.
  • 67 days ago: Trigania's influence in The Axis of Evil fell from "Dominator" to "Superpower".
  • 68 days ago: Following new legislation in Trigania, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings.
  • 73 days ago: Trigania fell out of the regional Top 10% for Largest Populations.

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