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Most Inclusive: 258thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 520thLargest Publishing Industry: 709th
The Most Serene Republic of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy
The river looks to be pretty shallow here.
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Cowfordia

Population7.653 billion

CapitalHippopottsburgh
LeaderHead Honcho Pro Tempore

Currencykilopound
Animalhippopotamus

The Most Serene Republic of Cowfordia is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Head Honcho Pro Tempore with an iron fist, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, infamous sell-swords, and pith helmet sales. The compassionate, cynical, cheerful population of 7.653 billion Buckaroos are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The tiny government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Administration also on the agenda, while International Aid receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hippopottsburgh. The average income tax rate is 5.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Cowfordian economy, worth a remarkable 1,381 trillion kilopounds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Retail, and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 180,520 kilopounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Head Honcho Pro Tempore wears a chewed-up rubber chicken suit to meet foreign delegates, rioting during the nation's hosting of ORDER caused one million kilopounds of property damage, the volume of paperwork used to complete a single environmental assessment defeats the purpose, and nude art is becoming wildly popular. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Cowfordia's national animal is the hippopotamus, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Cowfordia is ranked 93,554th in the world and 3,423rd in the South Pacific for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 1,961.72 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

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Most Inclusive: 258thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 520thLargest Publishing Industry: 709thNicest Citizens: 893rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 899thMost Cultured: 959thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,284thHighest Crime Rates: 1,528thSmartest Citizens: 1,676thLargest Retail Industry: 1,820thRudest Citizens: 2,002ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,274thTop
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Least Corrupt Governments: 2,719thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,878thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,712thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,841stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,583rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6,130thMost Secular: 6,876thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,998thHealthiest Citizens: 7,826thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,389thHighest Average Incomes: 9,010thTop
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Most Armed: 12,389thHighest Economic Output: 13,006thMost Pacifist: 14,894thMost Stationary: 14,902ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14,909thMost Developed: 14,948thMost Influential: 16,819thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 19,643rdMost Efficient Economies: 22,341st
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Most Inclusive: 10th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 15th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 18th in the regionNicest Citizens: 28th in the regionMost Cultured: 30th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 31st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 37th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 49th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 54th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 58th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 65th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 75th in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 84th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 91st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 121st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 147th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 187th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 227th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 233rd in the regionMost Secular: 233rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 243rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 256th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 259th in the regionMost Stationary: 263rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 287th in the regionMost Armed: 300th in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 436th in the regionMost Developed: 452nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 503rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 608th in the regionMost Pacifist: 609th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 643rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 672nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 731st in the regionNudest: 803rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, nude art is becoming wildly popular.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, the volume of paperwork used to complete a single environmental assessment defeats the purpose.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, rioting during the nation's hosting of ORDER caused one million kilopounds of property damage.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, Head Honcho Pro Tempore wears a chewed-up rubber chicken suit to meet foreign delegates.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, Cowfordia's children are widely acknowledged as the most foul-mouthed in the region.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, they say that Buckaroos made a dessert and called it peace.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, saying 'Hi Guys' to a mixed gender group of people at work is a fireable offense.
  • : Cowfordia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, basket-weaving is the nation's latest fad.

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