by Max Barry

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,110th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,385th Least Corrupt Governments: 4,859th
The Mountainous Muppets of
Left-Leaning College State
Pass the fission bomb, would you?
Big Mike
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population1.325 billion

LeaderBig Mike


The Mountainous Muppets of Podium is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Big Mike with an even hand, and remarkable for its soft-spoken computers, absence of drug laws, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate population of 1.325 billion Poduminians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Eighburn. The average income tax rate is 73.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Poduminian economy, worth 182 trillion points a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an impressive 137,955 points, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.4 times as much as the poorest.

Abortions are routinely performed in the nation's hospitals, prolonged government investigations are a common revenge tactic among spurned spouses, bins outnumber trees in city parks, and souvenir shops that sell alphorns are taking advantage of gullible tourists. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Podium's national animal is the sergal, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Omnism.

Podium is ranked 35,338th in the world and 1,343rd in the West Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 3,827.84 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,110thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,385thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,859thMost Influential: 4,968thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,045thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,032ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,067thMost Inclusive: 6,468thNicest Citizens: 7,174thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,179thMost Developed: 8,258thSmartest Citizens: 8,403rdTop
Most Cultured: 9,895thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,227thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,431stHealthiest Citizens: 10,612thSafest: 11,992ndLongest Average Lifespans: 12,447thMost Secular: 12,834thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,362ndMost Pacifist: 13,784thMost Efficient Economies: 14,438thLargest Governments: 15,185thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,207thHighest Average Incomes: 15,472ndLowest Crime Rates: 15,636thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,562nd
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 80th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 111th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 118th in the regionMost Influential: 128th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 143rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 149th in the regionMost Inclusive: 169th in the regionNicest Citizens: 184th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 206th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 208th in the regionMost Cultured: 219th in the regionMost Developed: 219th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 228th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 240th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 260th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 261st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 301st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 308th in the regionLargest Governments: 321st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 337th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 342nd in the regionSafest: 361st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 372nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 373rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 376th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 380th in the regionMost Secular: 381st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 419th in the regionMost Pacifist: 457th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 457th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 469th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 521st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 593rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 627th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Podium, souvenir shops that sell alphorns are taking advantage of gullible tourists.
  • : Podium voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Responsible Land Management".
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, bins outnumber trees in city parks.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, prolonged government investigations are a common revenge tactic among spurned spouses.
  • : Podium endorsed The Holy Roller of Recuecn.
  • : Podium was endorsed by The Holy Roller of Recuecn.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, abortions are routinely performed in the nation's hospitals.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, beating enemies to death with a baseball bat is legal if done within nine innings.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, Michelin-star chefs are being called on to prepare menus for six-year-olds.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, rebuilding efforts for a recently destroyed cathedral aren't expected to be completed for another century.


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