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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 148thMost Advanced Public Transport: 325thLargest Black Market: 511th
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

Population13.086 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 notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, keen interest in outer space, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 13.086 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 4,186 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 319,947 Barboneian Dollaris, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,646,497 per year while the poor average 33,957, 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 1,029th in the world and 2nd in Valkia for Rudest Citizens, with 303.08 Insults Per Minute.

Top
1%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 148thMost Advanced Public Transport: 325thLargest Black Market: 511thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 667thMost Corrupt Governments: 763rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 771stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 777thRudest Citizens: 1,029thLowest Crime Rates: 1,193rdMost Advanced Public Education: 1,280thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,309thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,329thHighest Average Incomes: 1,608thLargest Governments: 1,812thLargest Retail Industry: 1,871stMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,037thTop
5%
Highest Average Tax Rates: 2,261stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,311thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,412thMost Developed: 2,472ndHighest Economic Output: 2,505thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,613thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,212thSmartest Citizens: 3,710thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,391stMost Cultured: 7,571stMost Secular: 8,806thTop
10%
Healthiest Citizens: 12,597thMost Efficient Economies: 13,068thMost Stationary: 14,161stMost Influential: 15,731stLargest Populations: 18,539thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,174thHighest Drug Use: 20,171st

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Barboneia's influence in Valkia fell from "Power" to "Powerbroker".
  • : Barboneia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector and Highest Average Tax Rates and the Top 10% for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Barboneia lodged a message on the Valkia Regional Message Board.
  • : Barboneia lodged a message on the Valkia Regional Message Board.
  • : Barboneia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Barboneia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Cheese Export Sector.
  • : Barboneia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Barboneia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Developed, the Top 5% for Healthiest Citizens, and the Top 10% for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : 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 Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector and Most Subsidized Industry.

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