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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,888thRudest Citizens: 4,239thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,485th
The Republic of
Corporate Bordello
True Wisdom is Knowing That you Know Nothing
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Shemrock

Population618 million

CapitalBentlewood

CurrencyLogan
AnimalPig

The Republic of Shemrock is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service, absence of drug laws, and suspicion of poets. The hard-working, democratic population of 618 million Shemrockians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The relatively small, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bentlewood. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 21.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Shemrockian economy, worth 79.3 trillion Logans a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is an impressive 128,278 Logans, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 459,741 per year while the poor average 25,669, a ratio of 17.9 to 1.

EpiPen sales have skyrocketed, internet sites are legally unable to stop their users from posting pornography, soldiers must key in their passwords every time they want to reload their weapons, and elderly citizens regularly buy posh multimillion-Logan mansions. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Shemrock's national animal is the Pig, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Shemrock is ranked 163,709th in the world and 435th in Conch Kingdom for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 737.04 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,888thRudest Citizens: 4,239thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,485thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,848thLargest Retail Industry: 6,619thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,230thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,933rdMost Influential: 10,132ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,687thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14,855thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,996thMost Efficient Economies: 17,439thMost Inclusive: 17,797thSmartest Citizens: 18,680thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,025thMost Developed: 19,207thHighest Average Incomes: 22,489thMost Scientifically Advanced: 22,820th
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9th in the regionRudest Citizens: 17th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 21st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 21st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 22nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 22nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 23rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 23rd in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 30th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 32nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 56th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Shemrock, elderly citizens regularly buy posh multimillion-Logan mansions.
  • : Following new legislation in Shemrock, soldiers must key in their passwords every time they want to reload their weapons.
  • : Following new legislation in Shemrock, internet sites are legally unable to stop their users from posting pornography.
  • : Following new legislation in Shemrock, EpiPen sales have skyrocketed.
  • : Shemrock was endorsed by The Empire of Empireedy.
  • : Following new legislation in Shemrock, motivational posters send motorists positive vibes in high-risk areas.
  • : Following new legislation in Shemrock, internet searches for the inventor of the three-wheeled steam-powered Shemrockian weed picker are way up.
  • : Following new legislation in Shemrock, the Great Shemrockian Melting Pot boils out ethnic heritage.
  • : Shemrock was endorsed by The Federation of Les Iles Orientales.
  • : Following new legislation in Shemrock, the thin blue line is composed of picketing police officers demanding better pensions.

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