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Most Ignorant Citizens: 69thMost Devout: 96thMost Primitive: 116th
The Hotdog-craving birb of
Corporate Police State
Ack? Ack!
Steven Seagulls
Influence
Apprentice
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Seagull

Population6.416 billion

CapitalAckopolis
LeaderSteven Seagulls
FaithThe Cult of Hotdog

Currencystolen hotdog
AnimalSeagull

The Hotdog-craving birb of Seagull is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Steven Seagulls with an iron fist, and remarkable for its fear of technology, enslaved workforce, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.416 billion Seagulls 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, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Spirituality, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ackopolis. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Seagulls economy, worth a remarkable 1,767 trillion stolen hotdogs a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Soda Sales, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 275,460 stolen hotdogs, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,548,593 per year while the poor average 2,881, a ratio of 884 to 1.

It isn't only obsequious grandees who produce a lot of manure at state occasions, recognised healthcare professionals treat diabetes with a grain of sugar in a barrel of water, orthopaedics patients often have a bounce in their step, and every fourth child is born with flippers instead of hands. Crime is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Seagull's national animal is the Seagull, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Cult of Hotdog.

Seagull is ranked 883rd in the world and 9th in Forest for Rudest Citizens, with 326.33 Insults Per Minute.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 69thMost Devout: 96thMost Primitive: 116thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 160thFattest Citizens: 173rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 192ndLargest Gambling Industry: 251stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 253rdMost Avoided: 261stLargest Retail Industry: 264thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 287thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 326thMost Armed: 353rdHighest Crime Rates: 365thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 494thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 519thMost Corrupt Governments: 560thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 628thHighest Disposable Incomes: 800thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 855thLargest Insurance Industry: 881stRudest Citizens: 883rdLargest Mining Sector: 892ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,385thMost Efficient Economies: 1,532ndTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 2,565thMost Influential: 3,047thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,466thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,432ndMost Subsidized Industry: 7,434thHighest Economic Output: 8,833rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,504thTop
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Most Stationary: 16,856thLargest Black Market: 18,676thLargest Governments: 20,540thMost Pro-Market: 21,180th
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionTop
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Most Avoided: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionMost Primitive: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8th in the regionRudest Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 10th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 11th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 15th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 17th in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 26th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Seagull was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • : Following new legislation in Seagull, every fourth child is born with flippers instead of hands.
  • : Following new legislation in Seagull, orthopaedics patients often have a bounce in their step.
  • : Following new legislation in Seagull, recognised healthcare professionals treat diabetes with a grain of sugar in a barrel of water.
  • : Following new legislation in Seagull, it isn't only obsequious grandees who produce a lot of manure at state occasions.
  • : Following new legislation in Seagull, citizens compete to guess the time between the royal lady's contractions.
  • : Following new legislation in Seagull, practically perfect royal toddlers tend to say "regrettably not at this juncture" rather than "no".
  • : Following new legislation in Seagull, inheritance tax has recently been abolished.
  • : Following new legislation in Seagull, holiday-makers leave on the same clandestine boats that illegal immigrants arrive in.
  • : Following new legislation in Seagull, heartwarming sentiments are even hotter now.

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