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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 179thMost Advanced Public Transport: 301stLargest Black Market: 546th
The Commonwealth of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Sininen Vesi, Valkoinen Kentät, Harmaa Taivas.
Influence
Power
Region
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Barboneia

Population15.254 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 unlimited-speed roads, punitive income tax rates, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 15.254 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 4,880 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 216,070th in the world and 5th in Valkia for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -10 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Top
1%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 179thMost Advanced Public Transport: 301stLargest Black Market: 546thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 750thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 776thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 849thMost Corrupt Governments: 875thRudest Citizens: 1,210thLowest Crime Rates: 1,287thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,316thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,427thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,555thHighest Average Incomes: 1,771stLargest Governments: 1,996thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,155thLargest Retail Industry: 2,225thHighest Economic Output: 2,313thTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2,408thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,463rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,599thMost Developed: 2,722ndMost Subsidized Industry: 2,771stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,421stSmartest Citizens: 3,954thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,718thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,195thMost Cultured: 7,822ndMost Secular: 8,936thTop
10%
Most Stationary: 12,143rdHealthiest Citizens: 13,422ndMost Influential: 13,898thMost Efficient Economies: 14,653rdLargest Populations: 17,470thHighest Drug Use: 19,666thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,801stMost Valuable International Artwork: 20,882nd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 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 Economic Output.
  • : Barboneia altered its national flag.
  • : Barboneia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : 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.

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