by Max Barry

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Most Avoided: 1st Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd
The Exalted Supremacy of
Corporate Police State
Crush Their Spirits and You Will Control Their Minds
Influence
Vassal
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

Overview People Government Economy Rank Trend

The Exalted Supremacy of East Borland is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by His Supreme Eminence with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service, flagrant waste-dumping, and zero percent divorce rate. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 29.064 billion East Borlandists are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The minute, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Environment and Social Policy not funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Lair. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient East Borlandian economy, worth an astonishing 22,602 trillion Slaves a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Automobile Manufacturing, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is a breathtaking 777,685 Slaves, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,797,604 per year while the poor average 91,568, a ratio of 41.5 to 1.

The navy is chrome-plating its battleships to prevent rust, pristine wilderness has been trashed in the quest for cheaper oil, a typical fast food menu item could serve a small army, and the police double as repo men. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. East Borland's national animal is the Gila Monster, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Oppression.

East Borland is ranked 170,002nd in the world and 158th in The Alliance of Dictators for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -151.46 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Avoided: 1stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rdMost Corrupt Governments: 3rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4thLargest Insurance Industry: 9thMost Secular: 10thLargest Mining Sector: 11thFattest Citizens: 14thMost Primitive: 16thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 20thLargest Retail Industry: 21stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 24thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 25thHighest Average Incomes: 26thHighest Economic Output: 26thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 38thMost Ignorant Citizens: 51stRudest Citizens: 73rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 74thLargest Agricultural Sector: 93rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 116thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 153rdLargest Gambling Industry: 168thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 224thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 285thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 309thMost Armed: 352ndLowest Crime Rates: 519thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 531stLargest Governments: 536thLargest Populations: 933rdMost Stationary: 1,608thMost Efficient Economies: 1,622ndTop
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Most Conservative: 2,370thLargest Black Market: 2,472ndMost Influential: 6,049thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 9,620thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,713thMost Extreme: 10,038thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,357th
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 11th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 14th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, the police double as repo men.
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, a typical fast food menu item could serve a small army.
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, pristine wilderness has been trashed in the quest for cheaper oil.
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, the navy is chrome-plating its battleships to prevent rust.
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, the native owl population is in permanent hibernation.
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, citizens sport solarium-kissed tans that are perfectly even except for the occasional melanoma.
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, military service is compulsory.
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, a National Academy regulates grammar and usage.
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, bands of adventurers rove the countryside searching for monsters.
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, the nation's first space rocket -- sponsored by Eckie-Ecola and shaped like an enormous soda bottle -- is being developed.

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