by Max Barry

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Rudest Citizens: 36th Highest Crime Rates: 99th Largest Retail Industry: 125th
The Borderlands of
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Population2.254 billion


The Borderlands of Nothreen is a massive, efficient nation, renowned for its feral children, complete lack of prisons, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 2.254 billion Nothreenians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Industry. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Nothreenian economy, worth 536 trillion Noos a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Soda Sales, Gambling, and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 237,957 Noos, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,085,503 per year while the poor average 4,077, a ratio of 511 to 1.

Governments opposing Nothreen are beset by rebels, young girls often attend the same schools as their children, the government is purchasing vast amounts of palm oil for plastics production, and the roar of the Niagara 3000 mega-loo can be heard several blocks away. 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 dove, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Nothreen is ranked 7,109th in the world and 257th in the South Pacific for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 85.23 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

Rudest Citizens: 36thHighest Crime Rates: 99thLargest Retail Industry: 125thMost Armed: 130thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 212thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 246thFattest Citizens: 258thLargest Gambling Industry: 369thMost Avoided: 378thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 416thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 723rdMost Rebellious Youth: 840thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 875thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 950thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,175thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,207thTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,691stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,881stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,969thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,075thMost Pro-Market: 2,141stMost Corrupt Governments: 2,156thHighest Drug Use: 2,284thLargest Mining Sector: 2,389thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,090thHighest Average Incomes: 3,135thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 7,109thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 8,368thMost Extreme: 8,385thMost Politically Free: 8,411thMost Efficient Economies: 9,692ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,457thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,836thMost Inclusive: 16,250th
Rudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 8th in the regionMost Armed: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 11th in the regionFattest Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Avoided: 12th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 13th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 13th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 17th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 19th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 22nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 24th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 30th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 33rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 34th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 37th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 42nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 43rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 49th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 60th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 91st in the regionMost Politically Free: 205th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 233rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 257th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 261st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 323rd in the regionMost Extreme: 341st in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 346th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 365th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 388th in the regionNudest: 486th in the regionMost Inclusive: 583rd in the regionMost Stationary: 658th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, the roar of the Niagara 3000 mega-loo can be heard several blocks away.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, the government is purchasing vast amounts of palm oil for plastics production.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, young girls often attend the same schools as their children.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, governments opposing Nothreen are beset by rebels.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, weather reports simply advise Nothreenians to 'look outside'.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, films are funded in accordance with the volume of tears shed when reading the screenplay.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, nude art is becoming wildly popular.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, it is a silent spring in Nothreen.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, wealthy students ride to school past mendicant dropouts.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, people often get liposuction to reduce their air fares.


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