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Fattest Citizens: 1stHighest Disposable Incomes: 1stMost Efficient Economies: 1st
The Allied Corporate Empire of
Capitalizt Self-Congratulatory Merchant Bankers
A Good Place to Raise Your Business
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Northern Borland

Population36.136 billion

CapitalCommerce City
LeaderPresident and CEO

CurrencyGreenback
AnimalBuck

The Allied Corporate Empire of Northern Borland is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by President and CEO with an even hand, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, infamous sell-swords, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 36.136 billion Northern Borlandians enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Commerce City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Northern Borlandian economy, worth an astonishing 38,794 trillion Greenbacks a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Gambling, and Information Technology. Average income is a breathtaking 1,073,563 Greenbacks, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,682,072 per year while the poor average 107,534, a ratio of 52.8 to 1.

Sharks are enjoying their deliveries of canned food, the nation's most "productive" diamond mine hasn't been operational for seven months, lottery winners spend most of their money on security, and half of the nation's import/export industry is run from a location known only as 'Dead Man's Cove'. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Northern Borland's national animal is the Buck, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Northern Borland is ranked 13th in the world and 1st in Capitalist Paradise for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 39,888.38 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Fattest Citizens: 1stHighest Disposable Incomes: 1stMost Efficient Economies: 1stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1stLargest Retail Industry: 3rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rdMost Avoided: 3rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rdHighest Economic Output: 4thLargest Gambling Industry: 6thHighest Average Incomes: 6thRudest Citizens: 6thMost Armed: 6thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8thHighest Crime Rates: 9thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 17thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 18thMost Secular: 19thLargest Insurance Industry: 20thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 28thLargest Agricultural Sector: 29thMost Scientifically Advanced: 47thLargest Mining Sector: 60thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 89thMost Rebellious Youth: 127thMost Corrupt Governments: 175thLargest Publishing Industry: 250thSmartest Citizens: 366thMost Stationary: 407thLargest Information Technology Sector: 661stMost Subsidized Industry: 866thLargest Populations: 916thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,151stTop
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Largest Governments: 2,955thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3,817thLargest Black Market: 5,250thMost Influential: 6,151stHighest Poor Incomes: 9,708thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 17,609thHighest Drug Use: 18,341stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,299thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20,322ndMost Pro-Market: 21,578th
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Fattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 13th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 18th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 31st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, half of the nation's import/export industry is run from a location known only as 'Dead Man's Cove'.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, lottery winners spend most of their money on security.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, the nation's most "productive" diamond mine hasn't been operational for seven months.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, sharks are enjoying their deliveries of canned food.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, reports of arson have doubled since the introduction of a privatised fire protection service.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, it is customary to begin the summer with a fasting ritual in which people eat nothing but kumquat smoothies.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, Ollie the Oiled Seal welcomes throngs of tourists to the newly opened Oil Oasis Water Park.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, gym teachers instruct advanced-level calculus classes.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, the country is littered with broken homes.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Borland, no animal is considered endangered if there's another that looks kind of like it.

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