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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th Largest Retail Industry: 7th
The United States of
Anarchy
Don't just do something - stand there
Regional Influence
Superpower
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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The United States of Midlands is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, otherworldly petting zoo, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 31.894 billion Midlandsians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Law & Order. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Midlandsian economy, worth an astonishing 19,750 trillion sand dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Automobile Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 619,245 sand dollars, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,368,091 per year while the poor average 58,535, a ratio of 57.5 to 1.

Criminals always seem to be forewarned of police raids, the government is continually probing the galaxy in search of alien life, the military has forsaken terrestrial warfare, and bears are becoming popular in pet stores nationwide. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Midlands's national animal is the bear, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Midlands is ranked 22,157th in the world and 4th in Korel for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 4,112.16 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6thLargest Retail Industry: 7thFattest Citizens: 11thRudest Citizens: 13thLargest Populations: 15thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 18thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 20thMost Avoided: 21stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 28thHighest Economic Output: 37thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 44thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 57thHighest Average Incomes: 70thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 72ndLargest Mining Sector: 83rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 96thLargest Gambling Industry: 101stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 104thLargest Publishing Industry: 153rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 184thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 319thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 410thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 415thMost Devout: 739thSmartest Citizens: 988thMost Stationary: 1,253rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,428thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 1,603rdMost Efficient Economies: 1,660thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,601stLargest Black Market: 3,692ndMost Influential: 5,688thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,898thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,820thLargest Governments: 7,363rdTop
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Most Pro-Market: 9,137thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,640th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, bears are becoming popular in pet stores nationwide.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, the military has forsaken terrestrial warfare.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, the government is continually probing the galaxy in search of alien life.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, criminals always seem to be forewarned of police raids.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, the government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, the police have been swamped with requests to stay up past bedtime.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, the country spends an increasingly large amount of its budget on grand scale projects of pharaonic proportions in a bid to boost the economy.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, prominent cultural symbols are featured on the backs of cereal boxes.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, retail stores offer sales every hour on the hour.
  • : Midlands was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.

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