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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,986th Highest Crime Rates: 3,164th Largest Gambling Industry: 3,354th
The Trail of
Corporate Bordello
In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia...
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Superb

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The Lonesome Pine

Population8.249 billion

CapitalLynchburg
LeaderPresident Stanley Oliver
FaithChristianity

Currencydollar
Animalsquirrel

The Trail of The Lonesome Pine is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by President Stanley Oliver with a fair hand, and notable for its deadly medical pandemics, keen interest in outer space, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 8.249 billion Trailers 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 tiny, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lynchburg. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.8%.

The powerhouse Trailer economy, worth 763 trillion dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Soda Sales industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Automobile Manufacturing, and Retail. Average income is 92,516 dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 422,961 per year while the poor average 12,325, a ratio of 34.3 to 1.

Historical commemorations regularly devolve into militaristic jingoism, eminent domain has been abolished, Christianity has been named as The Lonesome Pine's national religion, and folk singers have replaced personal injury lawyers in being ridiculed as "ambulance chasers". Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. The Lonesome Pine's national animal is the squirrel, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christianity.

The Lonesome Pine is ranked 123,405th in the world and 107th in International Democratic Union for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 37.8 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,986thHighest Crime Rates: 3,164thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,354thFattest Citizens: 3,608thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,645thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,487thMost Armed: 6,097thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,317thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,050thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,347thTop
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Most Avoided: 9,159thMost Pro-Market: 9,461stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10,717thLeast Corrupt Governments: 12,176thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 15,839thMost Stationary: 16,000thMost Devout: 16,854th
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Most Pro-Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 9th in the regionMost Armed: 9th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 12th in the region

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