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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 106th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 122nd Largest Gambling Industry: 155th
The Armed Republic of
Corporate Police State
Pax quśritur bello!
Lord High Imperial de Bombastique
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Voortrek

Population13.91 billion

CapitalNew Salisbury
LeaderLord High Imperial de Bombastique
FaithGlobal Thule Society

CurrencyDrog
AnimalVampire Ocelot

The Armed Republic of Voortrek is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Lord High Imperial de Bombastique with an iron fist, and notable for its zero percent divorce rate, parental licensing program, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 13.91 billion Voortrekkers 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 minute, corrupt, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order is also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Salisbury. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Voortrekian economy, worth a remarkable 5,947 trillion Drogs a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Gambling. Average income is an amazing 427,577 Drogs, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,802,830 per year while the poor average 65,708, a ratio of 27.4 to 1.

Nobody looks each other in the eye at neighborhood block parties any more, the government has cut its subsidies for all special interest groups, blasphemers and government critics often die in very unusual and unlikely accidents, and parents often ask to see a credit report before lending money to their own children. Crime is a major problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Voortrek's national animal is the Vampire Ocelot, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Global Thule Society.

Voortrek is ranked 143,050th in the world and 205th in The Kingdom of Great Britain for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 25.86 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 106thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 122ndLargest Gambling Industry: 155thHighest Disposable Incomes: 184thMost Corrupt Governments: 263rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 264thLargest Retail Industry: 284thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 302ndLargest Insurance Industry: 309thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 318thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 337thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 384thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 405thMost Avoided: 429thMost Armed: 437thHighest Average Incomes: 442ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 455thFattest Citizens: 478thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 541stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 575thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 590thRudest Citizens: 629thHighest Economic Output: 1,076thLargest Mining Sector: 1,128thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,460thTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2,154thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,289thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,553rdMost Efficient Economies: 2,729thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,318thMost Cultured: 5,174thMost Devout: 5,929thLargest Black Market: 6,019thHighest Crime Rates: 6,559thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 10,122ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,079thLargest Populations: 12,500th
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 11th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 14th in the regionMost Cultured: 15th in the regionMost Devout: 17th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 23rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Voortrek, parents often ask to see a credit report before lending money to their own children.
  • : Following new legislation in Voortrek, blasphemers and government critics often die in very unusual and unlikely accidents.
  • : Following new legislation in Voortrek, the government has cut its subsidies for all special interest groups.
  • : Following new legislation in Voortrek, nobody looks each other in the eye at neighborhood block parties any more.
  • : Following new legislation in Voortrek, the government denies that it has an agency overseeing plausible deniability of black-ops agencies.
  • : Voortrek was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Voortrek, agricultural employees work for peanuts.
  • : Following new legislation in Voortrek, there is a growing belief that consciousness is a simulated illusion within a computer-generated reality.
  • : Following new legislation in Voortrek, the nation refuses to discard its increasingly useless penny.
  • : Following new legislation in Voortrek, it is illegal for police officers to carry out searches due to strict privacy laws.

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