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Most Primitive: 2,744thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,225thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,195th
The Kingdom of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Magnus Dominus mecum sit
Influence
Duckspeaker
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Rare

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Great Nortend

Population8.789 billion

CapitalLendert-with-Cadell
LeaderKing Alexander II
FaithChurch of Nortend

Currencypound marten
Animallion

The Kingdom of Great Nortend is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by King Alexander II with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, compulsory military service, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.789 billion Nortchmen 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lendert-with-Cadell. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 59.0%.

The powerhouse Erbonian economy, worth 673 trillion pound martens a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Basket Weaving industry, with major contributions from Cheese Exports, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 76,577 pound martens, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 242,416 per year while the poor average 18,456, a ratio of 13.1 to 1.

The nation's police officers are famously miserable-looking, farting etiquette is taught in schools, fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits, and most pound marten coins are riddled with bite marks. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Great Nortend's national animal is the lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Church of Nortend.

Great Nortend is ranked 53,042nd in the world and 3rd in Astyria for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 3,485.09 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

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Most Primitive: 2,744thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,225thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,195thMost Devout: 5,317thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,413thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,425thLargest Black Market: 10,390thTop
10%
Most Conservative: 13,326thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,961stMost Authoritarian: 18,519thMost Ignorant Citizens: 21,022nd
Top
10%
Most Conservative: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Great Nortend's influence in Astyria rose from "Handshaker" to "Duckspeaker".
  • : Great Nortend was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Great Nortend was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Great Nortend was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Great Nortend was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Great Nortend was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Great Nortend was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Great Nortend's influence in Astyria rose from "Truckler" to "Handshaker".
  • : Following new legislation in Great Nortend, most pound marten coins are riddled with bite marks.
  • : Following new legislation in Great Nortend, fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits.

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