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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,582ndRudest Citizens: 6,993rdBest Weather: 9,495th
The Federal Republic of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Freedom and Order
Influence
Vassal
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Girkmand

Population10.695 billion

CapitalGirk
LeaderGerald Webb
FaithSecularism

CurrencyFRG dollar
Animalgecko

The Federal Republic of Girkmand is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Gerald Webb with a fair hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, infamous sell-swords, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 10.695 billion Girkmandians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Girk. The average income tax rate is 56.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Girkmandian economy, worth a remarkable 1,406 trillion FRG dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 131,543 FRG dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Airport announcements inform passengers that flights have been delayed because pilots are having afternoon naps, treaties are taken to be mere rules of thumb, politicians always seem to take two steps forward then three steps back, and male cubicle workers stand up every time a woman enters the room. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Girkmand's national animal is the gecko, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Secularism.

Girkmand is ranked 17,992nd in the world and 22nd in Eurth for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 279.5 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,582ndTop
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Rudest Citizens: 6,993rdBest Weather: 9,495thLargest Retail Industry: 9,498thMost Developed: 12,319thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,972ndMost Efficient Economies: 13,081stTop
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Most Influential: 13,527thMost Cheerful Citizens: 14,060thHighest Economic Output: 14,689thSmartest Citizens: 14,952ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,279thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,607thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,098thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,826thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,480thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,744thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,992ndLowest Crime Rates: 18,635thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,742ndLongest Average Lifespans: 18,950thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 19,415thLargest Publishing Industry: 19,763rdHealthiest Citizens: 20,204thHighest Average Incomes: 21,454thMost Secular: 23,064thLargest Governments: 24,079th
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 11th in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 13th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 14th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 17th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 20th in the regionBest Weather: 20th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 21st in the regionMost Developed: 21st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 22nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 22nd in the regionMost Secular: 23rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 23rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 24th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 25th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Girkmand was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Girkmand was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Following new legislation in Girkmand, male cubicle workers stand up every time a woman enters the room.
  • : Following new legislation in Girkmand, politicians always seem to take two steps forward then three steps back.
  • : Following new legislation in Girkmand, treaties are taken to be mere rules of thumb.
  • : Following new legislation in Girkmand, airport announcements inform passengers that flights have been delayed because pilots are having afternoon naps.
  • : Following new legislation in Girkmand, everyone has the equal opportunity to have their wallet stolen.
  • : Girkmand was reclassified from "New York Times Democracy" to "Civil Rights Lovefest".
  • : Following new legislation in Girkmand, business ambassadors offer bong tokes to foreign leaders.
  • : Girkmand's influence in Eurth fell from "Truckler" to "Vassal".

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