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

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The United States of Midlands is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and notable for its strictly enforced bedtime, flagrant waste-dumping, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 31.339 billion Midlandsians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The minute, corrupt, 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 20,017 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 Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. Average income is a breathtaking 638,730 sand dollars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,264,898 per year while the poor average 129,935, a ratio of 17.4 to 1.

The government pours millions of sand dollars into rehabilitation programs annually, the government is denying reports that criminals injected with experimental drugs have turned into monstrous supervillains, the military recognizes no difference between male and female soldiers, and elevator music has been replaced by thrash metal played at maximum volume. 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 108th in the world and 1st in Korel for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 17,925.64 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6thLargest Retail Industry: 6thFattest Citizens: 9thLargest Populations: 16thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 18thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 18thMost Avoided: 20thRudest Citizens: 21stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 30thHighest Economic Output: 38thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 39thHighest Average Incomes: 57thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 76thLargest Mining Sector: 81stLargest Gambling Industry: 87thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 96thMost Scientifically Advanced: 107thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 108thLargest Publishing Industry: 164thLargest Agricultural Sector: 189thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 219thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 320thLargest Information Technology Sector: 405thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 457thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 470thMost Devout: 700thLargest Black Market: 712thSmartest Citizens: 751stMost Stationary: 1,295thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,513thMost Efficient Economies: 1,687thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 3,305thMost Influential: 5,954thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,192ndTop
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Largest Governments: 9,575thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,534th
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Largest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, elevator music has been replaced by thrash metal played at maximum volume.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, the military recognizes no difference between male and female soldiers.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, the government is denying reports that criminals injected with experimental drugs have turned into monstrous supervillains.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, the government pours millions of sand dollars into rehabilitation programs annually.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Midlands City Times is sold out.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, torture is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, every workday begins with group therapy.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, unemployed mercenaries drift the country looking for new careers.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, having skeletons in one's closet is no longer just a macabre idiom.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, a recent political speech drew the ire of nerds everywhere after the speaker claimed that Darth Vader was Harry Potter's father.

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