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Largest Insurance Industry: 773rdLargest Retail Industry: 843rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,110th
The Res publica of
Compulsory Consumerist State
SPQR
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Hermit
Founder / Master of the Villa
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Civil Rights
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Economy
Frightening
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Upper Secundus

Population7.368 billion

CapitalUpper Secundus
LeaderDecimus Rex
FaithCultus Deorum Romanorum

CurrencyAureus
AnimalEagle

The Res publica of Upper Secundus is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Decimus Rex with an iron fist, and notable for its deadly medical pandemics, enslaved workforce, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 7.368 billion Upper Secundians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The relatively small, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Industry, and Administration are also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Upper Secundus. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 16.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Upper Secundian economy, worth a remarkable 1,734 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 rampant. Average income is an amazing 235,427 Aureuses, with the richest citizens earning 9.1 times as much as the poorest.

International collectors know that a grease-stain on a work of art probably means it's passed through Upper Secundus, Upper Secundian soldiers are assured their new ray-guns will finally power up after the next round of ominous chanting, Decimus Rex's latest speech included a bizarre reference to MaxWow incontinence pads being 50% more absorbent than the next leading brand, and teachers prefer to give 'Maybe, Maybe Not' tests when dealing with sensitive subjects. 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 204,100th in the world and 1st in Villa for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -29.5 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 773rdLargest Retail Industry: 843rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,110thMost Avoided: 1,147thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,466thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,737thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,823rdTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 2,103rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,171stMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,396thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,987thRudest Citizens: 3,018thFattest Citizens: 3,668thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,946thHighest Average Incomes: 3,974thLargest Black Market: 4,133rdMost Armed: 4,676thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,987thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,478thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,659thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,330thMost Devout: 7,986thMost Efficient Economies: 8,259thHighest Economic Output: 8,924thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 11,364thLargest Governments: 13,118thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,292ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 16,130thLargest Agricultural Sector: 18,931stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 20,353rd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Upper Secundus was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Upper Secundus published "People who are cool and good" (Factbook: Miscellaneous).
  • : Upper Secundus was reclassified from "Corporate Police State" to "Compulsory Consumerist State".
  • : Upper Secundus agreed to construct embassies between Villa and SECFanatics.
  • : Upper Secundus voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Data Protection Accord"".
  • : Upper Secundus voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Audioslavia".
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Secundus, teachers prefer to give 'Maybe, Maybe Not' tests when dealing with sensitive subjects.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Secundus, Decimus Rex's latest speech included a bizarre reference to MaxWow incontinence pads being 50% more absorbent than the next leading brand.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Secundus, Upper Secundian soldiers are assured their new ray-guns will finally power up after the next round of ominous chanting.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Secundus, international collectors know that a grease-stain on a work of art probably means it's passed through Upper Secundus.

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