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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st Rudest Citizens: 1st Fattest Citizens: 1st
The Allied Corporate Empire of
Corporate Bordello
A Good Place to Raise Your Business
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Northern Borland

Population31.825 billion

CapitalCommerce City
LeaderPresident and CEO

CurrencyGreenback
AnimalBuck

The Allied Corporate Empire of Northern Borland is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by President and CEO with a fair hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, aversion to nipples, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 31.825 billion Northern Borlandians 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, is solely concerned with Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Commerce City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Northern Borlandian economy, worth an astonishing 31,744 trillion Greenbacks a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Gambling, and Information Technology. Average income is a breathtaking 997,465 Greenbacks, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,530,147 per year while the poor average 90,428, a ratio of 61.2 to 1.

The Gallery of Instasnap is the most popular museum in the country, the roar of the Niagara 3000 mega-loo can be heard several blocks away, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates, and the police are destroying all photographic evidence of their own existence. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. Northern Borland's national animal is the Buck, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Northern Borland is ranked 1,515th in the world and 9th in Capitalist Paradise for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1stRudest Citizens: 1stFattest Citizens: 1stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1stHighest Disposable Incomes: 1stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2ndLargest Retail Industry: 3rdMost Avoided: 5thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6thLargest Gambling Industry: 7thHighest Average Incomes: 9thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9thHighest Economic Output: 9thMost Armed: 10thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 16thHighest Crime Rates: 20thLargest Insurance Industry: 21stMost Secular: 36thMost Scientifically Advanced: 50thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 50thLargest Mining Sector: 66thLargest Agricultural Sector: 104thLargest Publishing Industry: 222ndMost Corrupt Governments: 233rdMost Rebellious Youth: 239thSmartest Citizens: 338thMost Stationary: 470thLargest Information Technology Sector: 603rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 660thLargest Populations: 988thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,259thMost Efficient Economies: 1,515thTop
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Largest Black Market: 2,603rdLargest Governments: 4,817thMost Influential: 5,185thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,197thTop
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Most Pro-Market: 9,529thHighest Drug Use: 10,222ndHighest Poor Incomes: 11,497th
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Largest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 15th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, the police are destroying all photographic evidence of their own existence.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, the roar of the Niagara 3000 mega-loo can be heard several blocks away.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, the Gallery of Instasnap is the most popular museum in the country.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, freighter lifeboats have been replaced by state of the art marker buoys so divers can recover the cargo after they sink.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, gossip magazines are more interested in astrological stars than celebrity ones.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, citizens are regularly found digging for treasure in their gardens.
  • : Northern Borland was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, the booming slave trade is now government-funded.
  • : Northern Borland was reclassified from "Anarchy" to "Corporate Bordello".

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