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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 174thMost Advanced Public Transport: 302ndLargest Black Market: 526th
The Commonwealth of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Sininen Vesi, Valkoinen Kentät, Harmaa Taivas.
Influence
Powerbroker
Region
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Barboneia

Population14.705 billion

CapitalPääkaupunki
LeaderPrime Minister Ernesti Penttinen

CurrencyBarboneian Dollari
Animalwalrus

The Commonwealth of Barboneia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Prime Minister Ernesti Penttinen with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, pith helmet sales, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 14.705 billion Barboneians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The large, corrupt, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pääkaupunki. The average income tax rate is 98.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Barboneian economy, worth a remarkable 4,705 trillion Barboneian Dollaris a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 319,968 Barboneian Dollaris, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,646,608 per year while the poor average 33,960, a ratio of 48.5 to 1.

Road rage is rarer but more terminal now that many people drive fully-operational battle tanks to work, the navy plans patrols according to how many pubs nearby ports have, satellite images show safe electoral constituencies in complete darkness, and politicians stage photo ops featuring barely functional fighter jets. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Barboneia's national animal is the walrus, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Barboneia is ranked 1,406th in the world and 1st in Valkia for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 25,654.19 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Top
1%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 174thMost Advanced Public Transport: 302ndLargest Black Market: 526thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 708thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 806thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 830thMost Corrupt Governments: 854thRudest Citizens: 1,227thLowest Crime Rates: 1,284thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,319thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,406thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,513thHighest Average Incomes: 1,732ndLargest Governments: 1,954thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,103rdLargest Retail Industry: 2,177thTop
5%
Highest Economic Output: 2,370thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,417thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,419thMost Developed: 2,649thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,704thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,984thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,547thSmartest Citizens: 3,894thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,667thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,994thMost Cultured: 7,760thMost Secular: 9,127thTop
10%
Most Stationary: 12,666thHealthiest Citizens: 13,257thMost Efficient Economies: 14,101stMost Influential: 14,590thLargest Populations: 17,991stMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,672ndHighest Drug Use: 20,527thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20,666th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Barboneia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Barboneia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Barboneia altered its national flag.
  • : Barboneia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Barboneia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Barboneia's influence in Valkia fell from "Power" to "Powerbroker".
  • : Barboneia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Barboneia's influence in Valkia rose from "Powerbroker" to "Power".
  • : Barboneia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Barboneia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.

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