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Largest Insurance Industry: 4,996th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,252nd Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,323rd
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The Polders

Population415 million

CapitalAmsterdam

CurrencyGulden
AnimalDouble tailed lion

The United Socialist States of The Polders is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, compulsory military service, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 415 million Dutches are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Amsterdam. The average income tax rate is 28.3%.

The powerhouse Poldersian economy, worth 45.1 trillion Guldens a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Retail, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 108,757 Guldens, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.6 times as much as the poorest.

Hundreds of teenagers die every year at the Poldersian Hungry Games, the fate of the world literally rests on Leader's fingers, Poldersian farm salmon are known for being both horribly diseased and remarkably acrobatic, and it is technically inaccurate to call the dead 'worm food'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Polders's national animal is the Double tailed lion, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

The Polders is ranked 5,739th in the world and 5th in United States of UBG for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 10,017.63 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 4,996thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,252ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,323rdMost Avoided: 5,728thLargest Mining Sector: 5,739thFattest Citizens: 6,831stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,654thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,199thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,401stMost Corrupt Governments: 10,037thHighest Disposable Incomes: 11,897thLargest Retail Industry: 14,039thMost Secular: 17,041st
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Polders was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in The Polders, it is technically inaccurate to call the dead 'worm food'.
  • : Following new legislation in The Polders, Poldersian farm salmon are known for being both horribly diseased and remarkably acrobatic.
  • : Following new legislation in The Polders, the fate of the world literally rests on Leader's fingers.
  • : Following new legislation in The Polders, hundreds of teenagers die every year at the Poldersian Hungry Games.
  • : Following new legislation in The Polders, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss.
  • : The Polders endorsed The Holy Empire of SFR Serbia.
  • : Following new legislation in The Polders, pollution is on the rise along with government approvals of fracking projects.
  • : Following new legislation in The Polders, Poldersian scientists are mixing chewing tobacco with bacon flavouring in an attempt to craft the perfect male snack.
  • : Following new legislation in The Polders, vital intelligence-gathering activities are put on hold as agents return home for seduction training and advanced poker instruction.

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