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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd Largest Retail Industry: 9th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11th
The United States of
Corporate Bordello
Don't just do something - stand there
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Midlands

Population32.954 billion

LeaderLeader

Currencysand dollar
Animalbear

The United States of Midlands is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and remarkable for its flagrant waste-dumping, pith helmet sales, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 32.954 billion Midlandsians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, outspoken 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 20,909 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 634,493 sand dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,398,171 per year while the poor average 116,797, a ratio of 20.5 to 1.

Scenic beaches are now protected by massive concrete walls, motorcycle riders are required to wear so much gear they've been nicknamed "Stay Pufts", citizens can be frequently spotted going about their business stark naked, and the government has little issue with allowing its citizens to languish in foreign jails. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Midlands's national animal is the bear, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Midlands is ranked 117th in the world and 6th in Capitalist Paradise for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 46,598.53 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rdLargest Retail Industry: 9thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11thRudest Citizens: 13thFattest Citizens: 14thLargest Populations: 16thMost Avoided: 18thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 19thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 27thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 31stHighest Economic Output: 38thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 64thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 64thHighest Average Incomes: 68thLargest Mining Sector: 80thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 86thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 102ndLargest Gambling Industry: 117thLargest Publishing Industry: 132ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 177thLargest Agricultural Sector: 183rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 276thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 342ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 361stSmartest Citizens: 948thMost Devout: 1,518thMost Efficient Economies: 1,672ndTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 1,718thLargest Black Market: 4,120thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,735thLargest Governments: 4,796thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,128thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,294thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,602ndTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 8,694thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,498thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,225th
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Avoided: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 6th in the regionMost Devout: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 12th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 16th in the regionLargest Black Market: 16th in the regionLargest Governments: 16th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 16th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 18th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 26th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, the government has little issue with allowing its citizens to languish in foreign jails.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, citizens can be frequently spotted going about their business stark naked.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, motorcycle riders are required to wear so much gear they've been nicknamed "Stay Pufts".
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, scenic beaches are now protected by massive concrete walls.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, referenda are held for every conceivable government action.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, the government raises tariffs on a weekly basis.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, drill sergeants yell in the ears of bespectacled nerds in cybermilitary "reboot camps".
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, East Lebatuck tests its moon rovers in the barren wasteland of rural Midlands.

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