by Max Barry

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Rudest Citizens: 1stMost Armed: 5thHighest Crime Rates: 5th
The Wastelands of
Corporate Bordello
My way or the highway
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population12.321 billion



The Wastelands of Nothreen is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Godfather with a fair hand, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, ubiquitous missile silos, and disturbing lack of elderly people. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 12.321 billion Nothreenians 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, prioritizes Defense, with Industry also on the agenda, while Law & Order and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Efyuberg. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Nothreeny economy, worth a remarkable 5,990 trillion goldeens a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Soda Sales, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 486,227 goldeens, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,534,943 per year while the poor average 4,619, a ratio of 981 to 1.

The purgative quality of Nothreeny cuisine is known across the globe, every new toxic waste dump comes with a seal of approval from the government's science advisor, Godfather's personal home is one of the South Pacific's most notorious party destinations, and a nickname of "Doctor Death" probably indicates a decorated war hero. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Nothreen's national animal is the Cockroach, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Knockism.

Nothreen is ranked 59th in the world and 5th in the South Pacific for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring 400 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

Rudest Citizens: 1stMost Armed: 5thHighest Crime Rates: 5thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10thMost Avoided: 10thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11thHighest Drug Use: 13thLargest Retail Industry: 15thFattest Citizens: 17thLargest Gambling Industry: 23rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 52ndMost Rebellious Youth: 59thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 61stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 64thHighest Disposable Incomes: 122ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 125thMost Corrupt Governments: 195thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 248thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 338thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 357thHighest Average Incomes: 469thLargest Mining Sector: 615thMost Valuable International Artwork: 916thMost Politically Free: 1,300thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,412thMost Pro-Market: 1,418thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,621stLargest Insurance Industry: 1,774thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,911thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,128thHighest Economic Output: 2,148thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,309thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,649thMost Efficient Economies: 3,125thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,457thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,725thMost Stationary: 10,750thMost Influential: 14,115thTop
Largest Black Market: 22,580thMost Devout: 28,239thLargest Populations: 30,211thLargest Publishing Industry: 31,090thMost Extreme: 31,181st
Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Politically Free: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 8th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 11th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 20th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 26th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 33rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 34th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 42nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 46th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 47th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 61st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 65th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 69th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 80th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 86th in the regionMost Stationary: 194th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 222nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 241st in the regionLargest Populations: 319th in the regionMost Extreme: 342nd in the regionTop
Nudest: 408th in the regionMost Devout: 632nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, a nickname of "Doctor Death" probably indicates a decorated war hero.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, Godfather's personal home is one of the South Pacific's most notorious party destinations.
  • : Nothreen was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Efficient Economies and the Top 10% for Most Extreme and Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, every new toxic waste dump comes with a seal of approval from the government's science advisor.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, the purgative quality of Nothreeny cuisine is known across the globe.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, blackface performers claim they are being deliberately ironic.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, immigrant herding has become a national pastime.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, the streets are ravaged by murder and violence to prove political points.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, teddy bears and pajamas have replaced briefcases and suits in Nothreen's offices.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, street preachers sell salvation with a side order of shame on every corner.