by Max Barry

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Most Armed: 1,353rd Rudest Citizens: 2,005th Largest Retail Industry: 2,020th
The Republic of
Corporate Bordello
Run to Live, Live to Run
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Distance Running

Population2.771 billion

CapitalMcDonnellville Hill
LeaderGreater Boston Track Club

CurrencyPavotek
Animalmarathoner

The Republic of Distance Running is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Greater Boston Track Club with a fair hand, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, compulsory military service, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 2.771 billion Distance Runners are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The relatively small, corrupt government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Industry, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of McDonnellville Hill. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Distance Runningian economy, worth 315 trillion Pavoteks a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 113,880 Pavoteks, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 512,460 per year while the poor average 15,612, a ratio of 32.8 to 1.

Long-wed spouses often regret proposals they made when they were twenty, major cities are suffering under water rationing, the nation is famous for bravely sending wave after wave of its soldiers until the enemy runs out of bullets, and cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates. Crime is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Distance Running's national animal is the marathoner, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Distance Running is ranked 20,594th in the world and 25th in The Order of the Grey Wardens for Most Cultured, scoring 83 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

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Most Armed: 1,353rdTop
5%
Rudest Citizens: 2,005thLargest Retail Industry: 2,020thHighest Crime Rates: 2,579thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,177thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,224thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,247thMost Avoided: 5,380thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,511thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,619thFattest Citizens: 6,076thTop
10%
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9,041stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11,129thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 12,871stMost Corrupt Governments: 13,245thLargest Mining Sector: 13,940th
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionTop
5%
Rudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the regionFattest Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionTop
10%
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 13th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 15th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 15th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16th in the regionLargest Black Market: 16th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 19th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 20th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Distance Running, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Distance Running, the nation is famous for bravely sending wave after wave of its soldiers until the enemy runs out of bullets.
  • : Following new legislation in Distance Running, major cities are suffering under water rationing.
  • : Following new legislation in Distance Running, long-wed spouses often regret proposals they made when they were twenty.
  • : Following new legislation in Distance Running, museum employees look down on short people.
  • : Following new legislation in Distance Running, bored politicians often entertain themselves with games of Simon during important votes.
  • : Following new legislation in Distance Running, mathematicians are gathering an infinite number of marathoners and typewriters to see if they can recreate the works of Max Barry.
  • : Following new legislation in Distance Running, boys who even ask about cheerleading are placed on the Sex Offenders Register.
  • : Following new legislation in Distance Running, every new toxic waste dump comes with a seal of approval from the government's science advisor.
  • : Following new legislation in Distance Running, traffic jams are a common sight due to construction work from a massive overhaul of the nation's freeways.

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