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Largest Gambling Industry: 88thHighest Crime Rates: 108thMost Armed: 145th
The Mountain Range of
Capitalist Paradise
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Economy
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The Snow Shield

Population17.413 billion

CapitalMount Mendev
Leadera tribal warlord

Currencystone
AnimalArctic Wolf

The Mountain Range of The Snow Shield is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by a tribal warlord with an even hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, smutty television, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 17.413 billion tribals are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mount Mendev. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Snow Shieldian economy, worth a remarkable 4,258 trillion stones a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Soda Sales, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 244,584 stones, with the richest citizens earning 8.0 times as much as the poorest.

Crayon squiggles were a late addition to the works of the Renaissance Old Masters, epileptic patients switch their medications to whichever has a 'buy one get one free' offer, many politicians carry out their morning ablutions in public restrooms, and government statisticians explain census inaccuracies by declaring that "Sith happens". Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The Snow Shield's national animal is the Arctic Wolf, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

The Snow Shield is ranked 7,033rd in the world and 3rd in The Arctic for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100.15 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 88thHighest Crime Rates: 108thMost Armed: 145thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 163rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 172ndMost Avoided: 176thFattest Citizens: 231stRudest Citizens: 238thLargest Retail Industry: 328thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 389thMost Ignorant Citizens: 410thMost Rebellious Youth: 463rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 489thLargest Mining Sector: 904thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,035thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,045thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,864thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,456thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,607thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,754thHighest Economic Output: 2,915thHighest Average Incomes: 3,847thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,282ndMost Primitive: 5,363rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,408thMost Efficient Economies: 7,033rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,299thTop
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Largest Populations: 12,866thLargest Black Market: 14,905thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,531stLargest Publishing Industry: 16,786thHighest Drug Use: 17,101stHighest Poor Incomes: 18,707thMost Pro-Market: 20,183rdMost Secular: 20,796th
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Snow Shield, government statisticians explain census inaccuracies by declaring that "Sith happens".
  • : Following new legislation in The Snow Shield, many politicians carry out their morning ablutions in public restrooms.
  • : Following new legislation in The Snow Shield, epileptic patients switch their medications to whichever has a 'buy one get one free' offer.
  • : Following new legislation in The Snow Shield, crayon squiggles were a late addition to the works of the Renaissance Old Masters.
  • : Following new legislation in The Snow Shield, strange men lingering in offices distributing television sets is a basis for a system of government.
  • : Following new legislation in The Snow Shield, there's no such thing as bad publicity.
  • : Following new legislation in The Snow Shield, women have a strange proclivity for dressing up as caped weasels.
  • : Following new legislation in The Snow Shield, lonely people are supposed to be cheered up by the many parties that they are never invited to.
  • : Following new legislation in The Snow Shield, former customs officers are adjusting to their new lives as market stall traders.
  • : Following new legislation in The Snow Shield, the newest shade developed by The Snow Shield's dye industry has been dubbed 'Agent Orange'.

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