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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 6,790thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,826thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 9,263rd
The Great Democracy of
New York Times Democracy
Let the dragon protect our people under the sun.
John Fillmore
Influence
Page
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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The Flander Republic

Population1.074 billion

CapitalAntwerp
LeaderJohn Fillmore
FaithDragonity

CurrencyFlan
AnimalKomodo Dragon

The Great Democracy of The Flander Republic is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by John Fillmore with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, infamous sell-swords, and ubiquitous missile silos. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 1.074 billion Flanders enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Antwerp. The average income tax rate is 56.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Flandian economy, worth 137 trillion Flans a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Trout Farming, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 128,070 Flans, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Economists claim no news is good news, homeless people can be found sleeping on streets in front of unoccupied second homes, the comic book series 'John Fillmore and the Villainous Corporate Cronies' is a best-seller, and college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Flander Republic's national animal is the Komodo Dragon, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Dragonity.

The Flander Republic is ranked 21,096th in the world and 52nd in The Union of Democratic States for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 98.6 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 6,790thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,826thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 9,263rdMost Influential: 12,276thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,469thTop
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Most Pacifist: 14,003rdLargest Welfare Programs: 15,547thMost Developed: 15,780thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,638thLongest Average Lifespans: 17,887thNicest Citizens: 18,862ndMost Inclusive: 19,586thMost Compassionate Citizens: 19,685thLargest Publishing Industry: 20,092ndHealthiest Citizens: 20,459thMost Efficient Economies: 21,096thHighest Food Quality: 22,406thHighest Average Incomes: 22,597thLowest Crime Rates: 23,267thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 23,743rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 24,153rdSmartest Citizens: 24,561stMost Cheerful Citizens: 24,617thBest Weather: 24,955th
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 17th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Flander Republic was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in The Flander Republic, college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys.
  • : Following new legislation in The Flander Republic, the comic book series 'John Fillmore and the Villainous Corporate Cronies' is a best-seller.
  • : Following new legislation in The Flander Republic, homeless people can be found sleeping on streets in front of unoccupied second homes.
  • : Following new legislation in The Flander Republic, economists claim no news is good news.
  • : Following new legislation in The Flander Republic, Scoutmasters debate whether luxury log cabins defeat the purpose of camping.
  • : Following new legislation in The Flander Republic, appliance stores are finding spy cameras embedded in their unboxed merchandise.
  • : Following new legislation in The Flander Republic, cutting-edge missile systems are being retrofitted to twin-prop air force biplanes.
  • : Following new legislation in The Flander Republic, elections have become procedural nightmares due to voters persistently rejecting candidates.
  • : The Flander Republic was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential.

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