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Most Primitive: 6,444thMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,625thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,976th
The Kingdom of
Father Knows Best State
Be powerful and prosperous
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Northurland

Population5.414 billion

CapitalBodo
LeaderKing Frans
FaithNorse Paganism

Currencyhluti
Animalcaribou

The Kingdom of Northurland is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by King Frans with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, compulsory military service, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 5.414 billion Northurlandians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bodo. The average income tax rate is 63.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Northurlandian economy, worth 510 trillion hlutis a year, is dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Basket Weaving, and Retail. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 94,274 hlutis, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

The Bodo Prison Revue puts on a better stage show than anything in the Theatre District, children gain their first sex education from reading the dictionary, bike rage is all the rage, and the carbon tax fund gladly supplies warm blankets when the poor can't pay their heating bills. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Northurland's national animal is the caribou, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Norse Paganism.

Northurland is ranked 24,074th in the world and 590th in Lazarus for Most Influential, scoring 1,140 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Most Primitive: 6,444thMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,625thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,976thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,206thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,479thTop
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Best Weather: 10,292ndMost Devout: 10,356thLargest Black Market: 11,632ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,838thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,808thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,351stLowest Crime Rates: 17,645th
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Most Primitive: 231st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 295th in the regionTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 360th in the regionMost Stationary: 384th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 458th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 482nd in the regionMost Devout: 489th in the regionBest Weather: 579th in the regionMost Influential: 590th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Northurland was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Northurland was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Northurland was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Northurland was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Northurland was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Northurland was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Following new legislation in Northurland, the carbon tax fund gladly supplies warm blankets when the poor can't pay their heating bills.
  • : Following new legislation in Northurland, bike rage is all the rage.
  • : Following new legislation in Northurland, children gain their first sex education from reading the dictionary.
  • : Following new legislation in Northurland, the Bodo Prison Revue puts on a better stage show than anything in the Theatre District.

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