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Most Corrupt Governments: 1stMost Avoided: 1stMost Secular: 6th
The Exalted Supremacy of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Crush Their Spirits and You Will Control Their Minds
Influence
Truckler
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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East Borland

Population37.888 billion

CapitalThe Lair
LeaderHis Supreme Eminence
FaithOppression

CurrencySlave
AnimalGila Monster

The Exalted Supremacy of East Borland is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by His Supreme Eminence with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, vat-grown people, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 37.888 billion East Borlandists are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The tiny, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Law & Order and Industry are also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy aren't 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 34,005 trillion Slaves a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is notable. Average income is a breathtaking 897,530 Slaves, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,448,711 per year while the poor average 65,789, a ratio of 82.8 to 1.

Epidemiologists happily announce that the reported incidence of depression is close to zero percent, teddy bear James Dean (aka "the Rebel Without the Claws") helps convince kids that candy cigarettes are cool, the hit new medical TV show "Home" prominently features the brand of painkiller the lead doctor is addicted to, and gossip magazines are more interested in astrological stars than celebrity ones. 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 249,273rd in the world and 120th in The Alliance of Dictators for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -900 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

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Most Corrupt Governments: 1stMost Avoided: 1stMost Secular: 6thLargest Mining Sector: 7thLargest Insurance Industry: 8thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9thMost Patriotic: 9thFattest Citizens: 9thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17thHighest Economic Output: 19thHighest Average Incomes: 22ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 22ndLargest Retail Industry: 28thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 29thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 31stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 31stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 35thMost Ignorant Citizens: 46thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 48thMost Efficient Economies: 68thRudest Citizens: 106thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 172ndLargest Governments: 177thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 183rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 259thLowest Crime Rates: 296thMost Primitive: 656thLargest Populations: 799thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 815thMost Stationary: 1,157thLargest Black Market: 2,086thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,346thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,684thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,393rdMost Subsidized Industry: 7,070thMost Influential: 7,371stMost Conservative: 9,874thMost Armed: 11,222ndTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 19,259thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,630thLargest Gambling Industry: 22,679th
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Largest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Primitive: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 6th in the regionTop
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9th in the regionMost Influential: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, gossip magazines are more interested in astrological stars than celebrity ones.
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, the hit new medical TV show "Home" prominently features the brand of painkiller the lead doctor is addicted to.
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, teddy bear James Dean (aka "the Rebel Without the Claws") helps convince kids that candy cigarettes are cool.
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, epidemiologists happily announce that the reported incidence of depression is close to zero percent.
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, it's hunting season on loan sharks.
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, East Borland isn't what it used to be.
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, the Counter-Terrorism Unit has been nicknamed "Big Bad Wolf" for its tendency towards urban demolition.
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, locally produced computer games are being released faster than gamers can play them.
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, the government spends billions to protect East Borland from a disaster that is one in a million.
  • : Following new legislation in East Borland, women mime their gynaecological symptoms with hand-puppets.

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