by Max Barry

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Largest Publishing Industry: 1,649thLargest Mining Sector: 3,416thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,124th
The Ancient Dominion of
Left-wing Utopia
Libertas, Aeqitas, Oportunitas
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population8.071 billion

LeaderEärendil the Mariner
FaithForn Siğr


The Ancient Dominion of Orald is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Eärendil the Mariner with a fair hand, and renowned for its ban on automobiles, strictly enforced bedtime, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 8.071 billion Oraldians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The medium-sized, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vingilot. The average income tax rate is 71.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Oraldian economy, worth a remarkable 1,283 trillion Silmarils a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 159,048 Silmarils, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Students are wary of colorfully decorated new teachers with names like Professor Pipsqueak, a new generation of aquariumless hotels are being built under government supervision, the government tries to improve relations with hostile countries by sending gift baskets, and police officers spend more time on calisthenics than actually catching criminals. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Orald's national animal is the Albatross, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Forn Siğr.

Orald is ranked 177,309th in the world and 64th in Middle Earth for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 425.96 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Largest Publishing Industry: 1,649thTop
Largest Mining Sector: 3,416thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,124thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,203rdMost Efficient Economies: 5,222ndHighest Poor Incomes: 5,587thSmartest Citizens: 5,650thMost Developed: 5,982ndSafest: 6,536thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,477thMost Income Equality: 8,231stMost Cultured: 8,883rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,700thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,834thLowest Crime Rates: 12,011thMost Rebellious Youth: 12,151stLargest Welfare Programs: 12,459thHealthiest Citizens: 12,643rdTop
Highest Food Quality: 16,610thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,130thHighest Average Incomes: 17,318thLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,239thMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,672ndLargest Governments: 19,681stHighest Economic Output: 20,589thMost Beautiful Environments: 21,756th
Highest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionMost Income Equality: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 8th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Orald's influence in Middle Earth rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Orald's influence in Middle Earth rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Following new legislation in Orald, police officers spend more time on calisthenics than actually catching criminals.
  • : Orald's influence in Middle Earth rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Orald's influence in Middle Earth rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Orald's influence in Middle Earth rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Orald's influence in Middle Earth rose from "Zero" to "Hatchling".
  • : Orald changed its national nation type to "Ancient Dominion".
  • : Orald changed its national nation type to "Ancient Dominion of".
  • : Orald relocated from Balder to Middle Earth.