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Largest Insurance Industry: 138th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 149th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 267th
The Royal Ponydom of
Corporate Police State
Celestia is love; Celestia is Life
Princess Celestia
Influence
Newcomer
Region
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Olthar

Population13.999 billion

CapitalCanterlot
LeaderPrincess Celestia
FaithPonyism

CurrencyBit
AnimalFilly

The Royal Ponydom of Olthar is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Princess Celestia with an iron fist, and remarkable for its parental licensing program, free-roaming dinosaurs, and ritual sacrifices. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 13.999 billion Oltharians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The minute, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order and Industry are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Canterlot. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Oltharian economy, worth a remarkable 5,053 trillion Bits a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 360,991 Bits, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,542,142 per year while the poor average 17,361, a ratio of 146 to 1.

Prisons are filled with the cackles and sobs of a deranged inmate population, foreign converts are illuminated by both missionaries and helicopter searchlights, schoolchildren must pass a six-month Ethics and Safety Committee Assessment before they are allowed to mix baking soda and vinegar, and graverobbers claim they're acting within the interest of 'scientific preservation'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Olthar's national animal is the Filly, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Ponyism.

Olthar is ranked 156,621st in the world and 4,828th in Osiris for Smartest Citizens, with 1.89 Quips Per Hour.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 138thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 149thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 267thMost Corrupt Governments: 375thMost Avoided: 379thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 383rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 386thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 389thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 436thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 513thLargest Retail Industry: 586thLargest Mining Sector: 616thLargest Gambling Industry: 683rdHighest Average Incomes: 685thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 699thFattest Citizens: 842ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 910thHighest Economic Output: 1,098thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,211thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 1,948thRudest Citizens: 2,409thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,819thMost Conservative: 3,429thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,819thNudest: 3,887thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,896thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,891stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5,004thMost Devout: 5,268thMost Extreme: 5,382ndMost Pro-Market: 6,001stLargest Black Market: 6,760thLargest Populations: 7,999thTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 11,950thMost Armed: 14,230th
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 10th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 14th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 18th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 19th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 23rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 31st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 32nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 33rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 34th in the regionMost Conservative: 44th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 44th in the regionTop
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Most Extreme: 73rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 80th in the regionRudest Citizens: 80th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 91st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 93rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 106th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 111th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 158th in the regionNudest: 168th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 205th in the regionLargest Populations: 213th in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 277th in the regionLargest Black Market: 372nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 444th in the regionMost Armed: 482nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, graverobbers claim they're acting within the interest of 'scientific preservation'.
  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, schoolchildren must pass a six-month Ethics and Safety Committee Assessment before they are allowed to mix baking soda and vinegar.
  • : Olthar's influence in Osiris rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, foreign converts are illuminated by both missionaries and helicopter searchlights.
  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, prisons are filled with the cackles and sobs of a deranged inmate population.
  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, children often explain to their parents that the Mega Ultimate Sword Fist was worth the thousand-Bit charge on their phone bill.
  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, military instructors tire of being asked for another bedtime story by seven-year-old conscripts.
  • : Olthar's influence in Osiris rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, the morbidly obese often sell stock options on their own corpses.
  • : Following new legislation in Olthar, suspicious glow-in-the-dark wasps remain a source of terror and awe.

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