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Most Valuable International Artwork: 427thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 641stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 719th
The Commonwealth of
Moralistic Democracy
The path to progress is blocked only by fools.
William Arthur
Influence
Page
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Some

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Bordurian Islands

Population7.9 billion

CapitalNew Dubrovnik
LeaderWilliam Arthur

CurrencyRoyal
AnimalBulldog

The Commonwealth of Bordurian Islands is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by William Arthur with an even hand, and remarkable for its frequent executions, smutty television, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 7.9 billion Bordurians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Dubrovnik. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 71.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Bordurian economy, worth a remarkable 2,831 trillion Royals a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 358,411 Royals, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,268,661 per year while the poor average 73,108, a ratio of 17.4 to 1.

The nation threatens sanctions on islands only visible at low tide, scientists are researching the best way to kill off humanity to prevent catastrophic war, the new foreign policy is "why bother invading neighbours when they can be bought wholesale?", and the poor are forced into bankruptcy by their energy bills. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bordurian Islands's national animal is the Bulldog, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Bordurian Islands is ranked 192,419th in the world and 40th in The United Ascendancy for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 138.59 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 427thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 641stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 719thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 794thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 805thLargest Black Market: 870thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,015thHighest Average Incomes: 1,122ndMost Efficient Economies: 1,212thLargest Retail Industry: 1,217thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,323rdMost Devout: 1,685thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,699thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,771stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,818thMost Armed: 1,838thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,187thTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 2,328thRudest Citizens: 2,365thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,108thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,276thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,475thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,093rdHighest Economic Output: 4,877thMost Cultured: 5,027thMost Developed: 5,214thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,243rdSmartest Citizens: 5,438thLargest Governments: 5,484thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,185thLowest Crime Rates: 6,188thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,536thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,770thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,162ndHealthiest Citizens: 11,276thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,775thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,211thHighest Poor Incomes: 20,491st
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Bordurian Islands, the poor are forced into bankruptcy by their energy bills.
  • : Following new legislation in Bordurian Islands, the new foreign policy is "why bother invading neighbours when they can be bought wholesale?".
  • : Following new legislation in Bordurian Islands, scientists are researching the best way to kill off humanity to prevent catastrophic war.
  • : Following new legislation in Bordurian Islands, the nation threatens sanctions on islands only visible at low tide.
  • : Following new legislation in Bordurian Islands, the acceptance of acupuncture and other alternative therapies has needled the scientific community.
  • : Following new legislation in Bordurian Islands, a recent political speech drew the ire of nerds everywhere after the speaker claimed that Darth Vader was Harry Potter's father.
  • : Following new legislation in Bordurian Islands, jaywalking is punishable by public flogging.
  • : Following new legislation in Bordurian Islands, the comic book series 'William Arthur and the Villainous Corporate Cronies' is a best-seller.
  • : Following new legislation in Bordurian Islands, BI-SPAN viewership drops as MPs act their age.
  • : Bordurian Islands was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Healthiest Citizens.

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