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Largest Agricultural Sector: 4,249thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,667thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,029th
The Pleasant Faraway Idyll of
New York Times Democracy
It was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort
Influence
Eminence Grise
Feasting and Festivals
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
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The Shire of Hobbits

Population4.978 billion

CapitalHobbiton
LeaderMayor Samwise Gamgee
FaithChurch of Tom Bombadil

Currencycopper penny
AnimalBill the Pony

The Pleasant Faraway Idyll of The Shire of Hobbits is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Mayor Samwise Gamgee with a fair hand, and renowned for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, national health service, and daily referendums. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 4.978 billion Hobbits enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hobbiton. The average income tax rate is 66.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Halfling economy, worth 683 trillion copper pennies a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 137,395 copper pennies, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Suit-clad businessmen have been taking advantage of the relaxed welfare qualifications by shopping with food stamps, schools have extensive counseling programs for troubled students, farmers have taken to hunting billionaires who encroach on their land, and the government is deliberately installing bloatware onto computers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. The Shire of Hobbits's national animal is the Bill the Pony, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Church of Tom Bombadil.

The Shire of Hobbits is ranked 61,521st in the world and 6th in Hundred Acre Wood for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 1,084.42 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 4,249thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,667thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,029thMost Secular: 5,234thMost Pacifist: 5,281stLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,980thSafest: 6,566thNicest Citizens: 6,611thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,269thMost Cultured: 9,244thHealthiest Citizens: 9,256thBest Weather: 9,401stLongest Average Lifespans: 10,341stMost Developed: 11,136thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,530thTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 12,100thSmartest Citizens: 12,274thMost Inclusive: 12,667thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,074thMost Efficient Economies: 14,191stMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,606thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,701stLargest Retail Industry: 16,052ndLargest Welfare Programs: 16,156thHighest Average Incomes: 17,415thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,498thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,717thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,208thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 20,280thMost Advanced Public Education: 21,398thLowest Crime Rates: 21,586thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 21,670thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 22,116thMost Stationary: 22,290thMost Politically Free: 22,704thLargest Governments: 22,956th
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Most Secular: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Shire of Hobbits, the government is deliberately installing bloatware onto computers.
  • : Following new legislation in The Shire of Hobbits, farmers have taken to hunting billionaires who encroach on their land.
  • : Following new legislation in The Shire of Hobbits, schools have extensive counseling programs for troubled students.
  • : Following new legislation in The Shire of Hobbits, suit-clad businessmen have been taking advantage of the relaxed welfare qualifications by shopping with food stamps.
  • : Following new legislation in The Shire of Hobbits, diners regard burgers made from mechanically reclaimed cow protein as "proper meat".
  • : The Shire of Hobbits was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : The Shire of Hobbits was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, Largest Governments, and Largest Cheese Export Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in The Shire of Hobbits, Information Technology facilities are being turned into Bill the Pony habitats.
  • : Following new legislation in The Shire of Hobbits, there's a politician called Male Infant McKinnon.
  • : Following new legislation in The Shire of Hobbits, 1% of global paper production is bound for the National Archive.

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