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Largest Insurance Industry: 751st Largest Retail Industry: 766th Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,070th
The Teenage Wasteland of
Corporate Police State
Rock and Roll Romans Bring thy Hard Rock Hedonism
Legionary Anaxus
Influence
Hermit
Founder
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Upper Secundus

Population5.413 billion

CapitalKnowhereland
LeaderLegionary Anaxus
FaithCultus Deorum Romanorum

CurrencyAureus
AnimalEagle

The Teenage Wasteland of Upper Secundus is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Legionary Anaxus with an iron fist, and notable for its strictly enforced bedtime, parental licensing program, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.413 billion Upper Secundians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Industry, and Administration also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Knowhereland. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 10.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Upper Secundian economy, worth a remarkable 1,211 trillion Aureuses a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an amazing 223,786 Aureuses, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 931,823 per year while the poor average 35,132, a ratio of 26.5 to 1.

Police nightsticks see use all day long, Upper Secundians must literally pay their respects to hear from their political representatives, the most penniless demographics have by far the highest number of researchers per capita, and the homeless more often beg for mercy than money. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Upper Secundus's national animal is the Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Cultus Deorum Romanorum.

Upper Secundus is ranked 153,255th in the world and 1st in Absurdia for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -29.15 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 751stLargest Retail Industry: 766thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,070thMost Avoided: 1,120thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,129thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,309thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,438thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,512thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 1,642ndLargest Mining Sector: 1,871stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,983rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,121stHighest Average Incomes: 4,085thLargest Black Market: 4,268thRudest Citizens: 4,459thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,066thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,498thMost Devout: 6,990thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,240thMost Armed: 7,381stMost Efficient Economies: 7,396thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 8,580thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11,236thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11,444thHighest Economic Output: 11,588thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,926thLargest Governments: 13,453rdMost Pro-Market: 14,537th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Upper Secundus's influence in Absurdia rose from "Hegemony" to "Hermit".
  • : Upper Secundus's influence in Absurdia fell from "Hermit" to "Hegemony".
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Secundus, the homeless more often beg for mercy than money.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Secundus, the most penniless demographics have by far the highest number of researchers per capita.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Secundus, Upper Secundians must literally pay their respects to hear from their political representatives.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Secundus, police nightsticks see use all day long.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Secundus, the military invades any neighboring nation with the gall to criticize its policies.
  • : Upper Secundus changed its national capital to "Knowhereland".
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Secundus, gun-wielding criminals always wear appropriate eye and ear protection.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Secundus, textbooks are exactly twice as heavy as they used to be.

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