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Most Ignorant Citizens: 74thMost Devout: 109thMost Primitive: 111th
The Hotdog-craving birb of
Corporate Police State
Ack? Ack!
Steven Seagulls
Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Seagull

Population8.072 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 notable for its fear of technology, zero percent divorce rate, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.072 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 Spirituality, Industry, 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 2,236 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 277,109 stolen hotdogs, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,563,529 per year while the poor average 2,902, a ratio of 883 to 1.

People are often woken up by rubbish music, pootling steam trains carry delighted tourists and frustrated businessmen from city to city at a snail's pace, teddy bear James Dean (aka "the Rebel Without the Claws") helps convince kids that candy cigarettes are cool, and lottery winners spend most of their money on security. 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 232,242nd in the world and 461st in Forest for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring -13.78 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 74thMost Devout: 109thMost Primitive: 111thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 159thFattest Citizens: 170thMost Avoided: 189thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 191stLargest Gambling Industry: 238thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 252ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 294thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 314thLargest Retail Industry: 327thMost Armed: 353rdHighest Crime Rates: 366thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 500thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 531stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 591stMost Corrupt Governments: 594thHighest Disposable Incomes: 786thLargest Insurance Industry: 859thLargest Mining Sector: 907thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 931stRudest Citizens: 1,005thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,317thMost Efficient Economies: 1,636thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 2,661stMost Influential: 3,332ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,863rdHighest Economic Output: 7,381stMost Subsidized Industry: 8,365thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,054thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,441stTop
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Most Stationary: 14,812thLargest Black Market: 20,395thLargest Governments: 20,972nd
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionMost Primitive: 7th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionRudest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 14th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 17th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 18th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 23rd in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 42nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Seagull, lottery winners spend most of their money on security.
  • : Following new legislation in Seagull, teddy bear James Dean (aka "the Rebel Without the Claws") helps convince kids that candy cigarettes are cool.
  • : Following new legislation in Seagull, pootling steam trains carry delighted tourists and frustrated businessmen from city to city at a snail's pace.
  • : Following new legislation in Seagull, people are often woken up by rubbish music.
  • : Following new legislation in Seagull, the only position a woman can hold is baby-maker.
  • : Following new legislation in Seagull, Steven Seagulls claims tax rises are the result of 'curses'.
  • : Following new legislation in Seagull, X-Files ratings have hit an all-time low.
  • : Following new legislation in Seagull, some magnifier-wielding Seagulls say Steven Seagulls seems a little lacking in something.
  • : Following new legislation in Seagull, Ollie the Oiled Seal welcomes throngs of tourists to the newly opened Oil Oasis Water Park.
  • : Following new legislation in Seagull, diplomacy falls apart when diplomats drink too much.

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