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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,422ndHighest Crime Rates: 1,557thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,422nd
The Deer Hunters of
Corporate Bordello
One shot is what it's all about.
Influence
Truckler
Communications Director
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Superb

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The Sedge

Population24.109 billion

LeaderSedge

CurrencyDollar
AnimalDeer

The Deer Hunters of The Sedge is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Sedge with a fair hand, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, complete lack of prisons, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 24.109 billion Sedgeans 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 minute, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Industry. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.8%.

The all-consuming Sedgean economy, worth a remarkable 1,993 trillion Dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Woodchip Exports, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is 82,673 Dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 422,604 per year while the poor average 8,894, a ratio of 47.5 to 1.

Sedge can often be found attempting to coax random citizens' cats down from trees, fast-food chefs regularly win Health Innovation Awards for spitting on burgers, saying "don't do anything that Sedge wouldn't do" doesn't exclude a great deal, and bus ads propagandize causes ranging from sexual revolution to religious pogroms. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The Sedge's national animal is the Deer, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Sedge is ranked 2,422nd in the world and 4th in Founderless for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 213.89 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,422ndHighest Crime Rates: 1,557thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,422ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,538thMost Avoided: 2,655thRudest Citizens: 3,121stFattest Citizens: 3,406thMost Armed: 4,333rdLargest Populations: 5,045thLargest Retail Industry: 5,141stMost Rebellious Youth: 8,140thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,754thHighest Economic Output: 8,825thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,994thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,226thTop
10%
Most Pro-Market: 19,685thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20,076thLargest Insurance Industry: 23,169th
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Rudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Sedge lodged a message on the Founderless Regional Message Board.
  • : The Sedge was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : The Sedge's influence in Founderless rose from "Vassal" to "Truckler".
  • : The Sedge was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sedge, bus ads propagandize causes ranging from sexual revolution to religious pogroms.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sedge, saying "don't do anything that Sedge wouldn't do" doesn't exclude a great deal.
  • : The Sedge was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate and the Top 10% for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sedge, fast-food chefs regularly win Health Innovation Awards for spitting on burgers.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sedge, Sedge can often be found attempting to coax random citizens' cats down from trees.
  • : Following new legislation in The Sedge, couples are discouraged from marrying until they can rank their partner on a scale of one to ten.

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