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Most Ignorant Citizens: 519thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 593rdFattest Citizens: 742nd
The Rogue Nation of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Come here to die
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Infertile Grounds

Population3.466 billion

CapitalGraveyard

Currencylead coins
Animalmurder hornet

The Rogue Nation of Infertile Grounds is a massive, efficient nation, renowned for its ritual sacrifices, infamous sell-swords, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.466 billion Infertile Groundsians 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 relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order and Industry are also considered important, while Welfare and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Graveyard. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 16.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Infertile Groundsian economy, worth 597 trillion lead coins a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 172,385 lead coins, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,287,116 per year while the poor average 6,746, a ratio of 190 to 1.

Policemen regularly conduct midnight raids on closed donut shops to 'collect evidence', the stratosphere is full of "silent but deadly" attacks from Leader's rear echelons, a few immigrants are better than no immigrants according to Leader, and strange men lingering in offices distributing television sets is a basis for a system of government. Crime is all-pervasive, possibly because it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many regulations. Infertile Grounds's national animal is the murder hornet, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Infertile Grounds is ranked 248,645th in the world and 627th in The Order of the Grey Wardens for Best Weather, with -323 meters of sunlight.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 519thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 593rdFattest Citizens: 742ndLargest Gambling Industry: 968thMost Armed: 1,017thMost Avoided: 1,036thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,215thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,310thHighest Crime Rates: 1,620thMost Primitive: 2,362ndTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 2,761stMost Devout: 2,901stHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,012thLargest Mining Sector: 3,070thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,416thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,596thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,964thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,145thNudest: 4,245thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,726thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,844thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,541stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,374thMost Patriotic: 7,975thLargest Black Market: 8,111thRudest Citizens: 8,167thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,485thHighest Average Incomes: 10,432ndMost Conservative: 11,355thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 15,551stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 23,962nd
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Devout: 6th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionMost Primitive: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9th in the regionNudest: 10th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Black Market: 13th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 16th in the regionRudest Citizens: 18th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 19th in the regionMost Patriotic: 20th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 30th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 39th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 40th in the regionMost Conservative: 41st in the regionLargest Governments: 61st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Infertile Grounds was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Primitive and the Top 10% for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Infertile Grounds was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Primitive.
  • : Following new legislation in Infertile Grounds, strange men lingering in offices distributing television sets is a basis for a system of government.
  • : Following new legislation in Infertile Grounds, a few immigrants are better than no immigrants according to Leader.
  • : Following new legislation in Infertile Grounds, the stratosphere is full of "silent but deadly" attacks from Leader's rear echelons.
  • : Following new legislation in Infertile Grounds, policemen regularly conduct midnight raids on closed donut shops to 'collect evidence'.
  • : Following new legislation in Infertile Grounds, foreign governments regularly accuse the Infertile Groundsian military of war crimes.
  • : Following new legislation in Infertile Grounds, children asked by parents to 'guess how much I love you' ask for the cash value.
  • : Following new legislation in Infertile Grounds, gossip magazines are more interested in astrological stars than celebrity ones.
  • : Following new legislation in Infertile Grounds, paralegals spend all day Hewlett-Packing attorneys' law briefs.

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