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Largest Welfare Programs: 1,741st Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,865th Safest: 2,627th
The Commonwealth of
Democratic Socialists
Golden age, revealed today
Influence
Superpower
Region
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Below Average

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The Plough Islands

Population2.958 billion

CapitalSutton
LeaderDale Piper

Currencyshilling
Animalred fox

The Commonwealth of The Plough Islands is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Dale Piper with an even hand, and remarkable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, anti-smoking policies, and suspicion of poets. The compassionate population of 2.958 billion Plough Islanders are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — prioritizes Education, with Healthcare, Environment, and Welfare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sutton. The average income tax rate is 95.2%.

The all-consuming Plough Islander economy, worth 316 trillion shillings a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 106,929 shillings, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Young children are learning advanced physics to scientifically disprove the existence of Santa Claus, citizens can only enjoy the splendor of the natural world in designated 'Majesty Appreciation' zones, the nation's leader is normally just referred to as "snuggle-wuggle-huggy-bear", and would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Plough Islands's national animal is the red fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Plough Islands is ranked 168,620th in the world and 3rd in WappenLand for Most Pro-Market, scoring -93.22 on the Rand Index.

Top
1%
Largest Welfare Programs: 1,741stTop
5%
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,865thSafest: 2,627thBest Weather: 2,810thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,891stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,930thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,018thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,296thMost Pacifist: 3,390thNicest Citizens: 3,715thMost Inclusive: 4,089thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,314thHealthiest Citizens: 4,411thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,586thLowest Crime Rates: 4,694thMost Secular: 4,775thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,920thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,938thMost Income Equality: 4,972ndMost Beautiful Environments: 5,254thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,583rdLargest Governments: 8,362ndHighest Poor Incomes: 8,542ndTop
10%
Smartest Citizens: 9,340thMost Developed: 9,618thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,174thMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,079thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,100thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 15,570th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Plough Islands was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : Following new legislation in The Plough Islands, would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here".
  • : The Plough Islands was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in The Plough Islands, the nation's leader is normally just referred to as "snuggle-wuggle-huggy-bear".
  • : Following new legislation in The Plough Islands, citizens can only enjoy the splendor of the natural world in designated 'Majesty Appreciation' zones.
  • : Following new legislation in The Plough Islands, young children are learning advanced physics to scientifically disprove the existence of Santa Claus.
  • : Following new legislation in The Plough Islands, 1% of global paper production is bound for the National Archive.
  • : The Plough Islands was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in The Plough Islands, people who tease dwarfs are being cut down to size.
  • : Following new legislation in The Plough Islands, foreign policy is mostly just to smile and hope for the best.

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