by Max Barry

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 555thRudest Citizens: 1,770thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,964th
The Too-Well-Hidden Bunker of
Left-Leaning College State
Your Honour, it isn't a war-crime if I'm having fun.
Michael Talberg
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population5.154 billion

LeaderMichael Talberg


The Too-Well-Hidden Bunker of Podium is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Michael Talberg with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, state-planned economy, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 5.154 billion Poduminians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The relatively small, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Eighburn. The average income tax rate is 17.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Poduminian economy, worth 976 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 fairly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an impressive 189,523 points, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Half of the nation's import/export industry is run from a location known only as 'Dead Man's Cove', unpopular cops are fired at a moment's notice by the citizens they police, the most popular WhoTube videos are ones featuring parodies of iconic songs, and third world countries are rich in "I Love Eighburn" t-shirts. Crime is totally unknown. Podium's national animal is the sergal, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Podium is ranked 205,414th in the world and 4,717th in the West Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -9.49 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 555thRudest Citizens: 1,770thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,964thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,021stTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,652ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,659thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,698thMost Influential: 2,705thMost Inclusive: 2,952ndLargest Publishing Industry: 3,091stHighest Food Quality: 3,204thSmartest Citizens: 3,545thMost Cultured: 3,551stMost Secular: 4,550thMost Developed: 4,611thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,923rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,077thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,253rdHighest Average Incomes: 7,985thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,913thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 11,225thMost Patriotic: 11,479thHealthiest Citizens: 12,138thLargest Retail Industry: 13,538thNicest Citizens: 13,727thMost Efficient Economies: 14,306thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,975thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,560thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,111thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16,281stLeast Corrupt Governments: 17,102ndHighest Drug Use: 18,029thHighest Economic Output: 19,535th
Largest Agricultural Sector: 18th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 37th in the regionRudest Citizens: 47th in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 50th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 54th in the regionMost Influential: 57th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 64th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 69th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 73rd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 74th in the regionMost Inclusive: 75th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 80th in the regionMost Cultured: 83rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 108th in the regionMost Developed: 110th in the regionMost Secular: 128th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 137th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 154th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 155th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 184th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 204th in the regionMost Patriotic: 221st in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 252nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 259th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 261st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 261st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 275th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 298th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 324th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 337th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 358th in the regionNicest Citizens: 364th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 397th in the regionLargest Populations: 447th in the regionNudest: 462nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 489th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Podium, third world countries are rich in "I Love Eighburn" t-shirts.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, the most popular WhoTube videos are ones featuring parodies of iconic songs.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, unpopular cops are fired at a moment's notice by the citizens they police.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, half of the nation's import/export industry is run from a location known only as 'Dead Man's Cove'.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, Poduminians are regularly fired for looking at MyFace during their lunch breaks.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, pocket calculators are seen as status symbols for the ostentatiously wealthy.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, brave curators do battle with disorganised government libraries.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, the nation's politicians are known more for the internet memes they spawn than any of their accomplishments.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, former customs officers are adjusting to their new lives as market stall traders.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 104 » Giovanniland, Fuentana, Ocheon, Mediobogdum, Pandaland II, BIteland, Dilber, Fujai, Archonina, Wickedly evil people, Smedlandia, Kittenlicious, Recuecn, Holmani, Kisovec, DiscGolfLand, IndyCar Racing, Westwind, Mirchusko, Anuubis, Sindria, Psikuta, Ferroia, Greynne, Condonohia, Greg Tucker, Shaktirajya, Gryphonian Alliance, Mathematania, Bhang Bhang Duc, The Undivided, Lodiberdade, Eastern Bahia, Wellington Bingbong, Plarland Amex, Kiensu, Hamburg Neo, Cro Magnon, Wild lands of Tribe, Isle Royale, Desmosthenes and Burke, Albyion Kingdom, Mackieron, Marina Nova, The Rega, Vlobbania, Svanland, The United Republic of Westend, Matism, Q The Almighty, and 54 others.Maria, Granducato Toscana, Thyrall, Atheist States of Philippines, Imperial Eascalsh Ohavillbell, Dreamers for Hope, Nevafornia, Robbinston, Inner Paniumati, Athrid HullHund, Antahbrantahstan, Ingentis Novus, Sensorland, Ostrogothaland, Lynier, Ellcrys, The Anti-Social Socialists, Nas Crustium, Av Libertas Vindex, Orson Welles, The divisive isolationists, Volkason, Win Mints, Twisted Duality, Comia Noracon, Willow Gate, Oronia, Leukogeras, Constantinopolisia, Professor thomas, Moriari, Santos-Dominius, New Belia, The Free States of Gotham, The North American Assembly, Arnic, Akshireuya, Common Good, New Democratic Republic of Russia, Fallgriffin, Fumafuma, Glorious Existence, Champaign, Probablynotverygoodistan, Lothundy, Aldesport, Wyndward, Terra Socialiste, Acerola Orion, Zoran, Papercuts and Skittles, Antestia, Ecornia, and Nagaraningrad.

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