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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2ndMost Efficient Economies: 6thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th
The United States of
Anarchy Post-Revolution Embryonic Society
Don't just do something - stand there
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Widely Abused

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Midlands

Population40.181 billion

LeaderLeader

Currencysand dollar
Animalbear

The United States of Midlands is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, flagrant waste-dumping, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 40.181 billion Midlandsians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, although Defense, Education, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy receive no funds. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Midlandsian economy, worth an astonishing 29,878 trillion sand dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Automobile Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 743,592 sand dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,631,118 per year while the poor average 87,553, a ratio of 41.5 to 1.

Snooze factory is now prison lingo for rehabilitation center, jabbing a baby's bottle at officials gets parents waved straight through immigration, embarrassed police officers wear spandex and carry net guns, and the police insist that racism does not exist. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Midlands's national animal is the bear, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Midlands is ranked 34,332nd in the world and 103rd in Capitalist Paradise for Most Developed, scoring 72.76 on the Human Development Index.

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2ndMost Efficient Economies: 6thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8thMost Avoided: 14thLargest Populations: 14thLargest Retail Industry: 15thRudest Citizens: 15thFattest Citizens: 20thHighest Disposable Incomes: 27thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 29thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 29thHighest Economic Output: 30thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 30thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 31stLargest Agricultural Sector: 53rdHighest Average Incomes: 62ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 63rdLargest Mining Sector: 67thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 69thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 110thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 117thMost Valuable International Artwork: 125thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 142ndLargest Gambling Industry: 143rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 162ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 200thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 245thSmartest Citizens: 341stMost Subsidized Industry: 676thLargest Publishing Industry: 930thLargest Governments: 960thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,363rdMost Corrupt Governments: 2,056thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,103rdSafest: 5,339thLargest Insurance Industry: 6,314thLowest Crime Rates: 7,449thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,883rdLargest Black Market: 8,548thTop
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Most Armed: 12,421stMost Stationary: 14,021stMost Secular: 14,304thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,314thMost Politically Free: 15,920thMost Influential: 16,101stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,793rdMost Pro-Market: 18,867thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,600thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 21,280thMost Advanced Public Education: 21,544th
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 10th in the regionSafest: 10th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 14th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionTop
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Most Extreme: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 27th in the regionLargest Black Market: 27th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, the police insist that racism does not exist.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, embarrassed police officers wear spandex and carry net guns.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, jabbing a baby's bottle at officials gets parents waved straight through immigration.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, snooze factory is now prison lingo for rehabilitation center.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, straitjackets are a common religious garb.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, the legal minefield around ownership of fiction has demolished the publishing industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, shivering secretaries type letters under torrential downpours in open-roof offices.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, fifty years of pension funds can disappear in half a second.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, people with political aspirations study how to make balloon animals.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, former gun owners are finding that brandishing paintball guns isn't as satisfying as the real thing.

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