by Max Barry

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The Republic of
Authoritarian Democracy
By The People For The People
Influence
Hatchling
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Developing
Political Freedom
Some

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Borzistan

Population45 million

CurrencyShug
AnimalCobra

The Republic of Borzistan is a small, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its complete lack of prisons, frequent executions, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed population of 45 million Borzistanis are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 47.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Borzistani economy, worth 1.22 trillion Shugs a year, is quite specialized and led by the Cheese Exports industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Retail. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 27,025 Shugs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Trick-or-treaters and circus clowns have been arrested under suspicion of being renegade vigilantes, justice is available only to those who can afford its price tag, hordes of unemployed lumberjacks have resorted to cutting down utility poles to satisfy their cravings, and sneezing pedestrians are grabbed by alley-lurking doctors. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Borzistan's national animal is the Cobra, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Borzistan is ranked 138,974th in the world and 4,722nd in the South Pacific for Highest Economic Output, with 1.22 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Borzistan's influence in The South Pacific rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Following new legislation in Borzistan, sneezing pedestrians are grabbed by alley-lurking doctors.
  • : Following new legislation in Borzistan, hordes of unemployed lumberjacks have resorted to cutting down utility poles to satisfy their cravings.
  • : Following new legislation in Borzistan, justice is available only to those who can afford its price tag.
  • : Following new legislation in Borzistan, trick-or-treaters and circus clowns have been arrested under suspicion of being renegade vigilantes.
  • : Following new legislation in Borzistan, criminals are thrown to the Cobras to repay their debt to society.
  • : Borzistan was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Authoritarian Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Borzistan, tampons are used as cheap fishing bobbers.
  • : Following new legislation in Borzistan, the government is cutting back on the number of political prisoners executed each year.
  • : Borzistan was reclassified from "Corrupt Dictatorship" to "Democratic Socialists".

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