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Most Pacifist: 11,031st Safest: 12,513th Best Weather: 15,064th
The Free Land of
Left-wing Utopia
Preserve and Protect
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Fair
Political Freedom
Excellent

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The Isles of Heather

Population161 million

CurrencyButterfly Wing
AnimalButterfly

The Free Land of The Isles of Heather is a very large, genial nation, notable for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and smutty television. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 161 million Heatherese are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, liberal, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 53.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Heatherese economy, worth 5.59 trillion Butterfly Wings a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 34,750 Butterfly Wings, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Many marriages go virtually unconsummated, oxygen is commonly known as 'breathinium', traffic cops are puzzled to see that nobody exceeds the speed limits, and election ballot papers are so long that unused ones are recycled as toilet roll. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Isles of Heather's national animal is the Butterfly, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

The Isles of Heather is ranked 20,084th in the world and 32nd in Hippy Haven for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 53.38 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

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Most Pacifist: 11,031stSafest: 12,513thBest Weather: 15,064thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 16,211thNicest Citizens: 16,634thMost Income Equality: 17,610thMost Compassionate Citizens: 17,627th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Isles of Heather's influence in Hippy Haven rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Following new legislation in The Isles of Heather, election ballot papers are so long that unused ones are recycled as toilet roll.
  • : Following new legislation in The Isles of Heather, traffic cops are puzzled to see that nobody exceeds the speed limits.
  • : Following new legislation in The Isles of Heather, oxygen is commonly known as 'breathinium'.
  • : Following new legislation in The Isles of Heather, many marriages go virtually unconsummated.
  • : The Isles of Heather was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Following new legislation in The Isles of Heather, bitter pastors forced to officiate gay marriage 'accidentally' pronounce couples "husband and abomination".
  • : Following new legislation in The Isles of Heather, intellectual snobbery has the cognoscenti sneering at anyone who doesn't have an opinion on the semiological drift of Umberto Eco's works.
  • : Following new legislation in The Isles of Heather, it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma.
  • : Following new legislation in The Isles of Heather, the government is flooded with compensation requests.

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