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Rudest Citizens: 504thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,198thLargest Retail Industry: 1,379th
The Virtuous Republic of
Corporate Bordello Blood-Sucking Capitalist Leeches
Per pecunia ad astra
Augustus
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Orson Welles

Population1.794 billion

CapitalRome
LeaderAugustus
FaithCult of Reason

CurrencyGold Denarii
AnimalEagle

The Virtuous Republic of Orson Welles is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Augustus with a fair hand, and notable for its flagrant waste-dumping, daily referendums, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 1.794 billion Romans are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business government prioritizes Defense, although Industry, Education, and Administration are also considered important, while Welfare and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rome. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Roman economy, worth 379 trillion Gold Denariis a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 211,773 Gold Denariis, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,349,300 per year while the poor average 13,696, a ratio of 98.5 to 1.

Foreigners must sell an arm and a leg to afford surgery in Orson Welles, the poor are forced into bankruptcy by their energy bills, police detectives carry phrenology calipers as part of their standard kit, and pharmacists increasingly claim they are morally obligated to take long lunches. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Orson Welles's national animal is the Eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Cult of Reason.

Orson Welles is ranked 233,739th in the world and 5,674th in the West Pacific for Least Corrupt Governments, with 41.96 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Rudest Citizens: 504thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,198thLargest Retail Industry: 1,379thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,443rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,543rdHighest Crime Rates: 1,604thMost Avoided: 1,607thMost Armed: 1,770thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,285thFattest Citizens: 2,383rdTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,619thMost Influential: 2,771stLargest Mining Sector: 2,830thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,867thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,959thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3,006thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,597thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,768thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,782ndHighest Average Incomes: 5,633rdMost Rebellious Youth: 5,743rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,110thMost Efficient Economies: 7,110thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7,281stMost Secular: 7,369thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,626thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,348thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,964thLargest Insurance Industry: 9,274thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,228thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,481stSmartest Citizens: 14,422ndMost Pro-Market: 16,536thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17,068thHighest Drug Use: 20,389thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 21,859th
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Rudest Citizens: 15th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 25th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 26th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 32nd in the regionMost Avoided: 34th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 34th in the regionMost Armed: 35th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 37th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 47th in the regionFattest Citizens: 48th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 52nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 52nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 58th in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 68th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 68th in the regionMost Influential: 69th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 74th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 81st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 97th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 108th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 114th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 117th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 122nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 130th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 135th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 145th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 146th in the regionMost Secular: 191st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 194th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 207th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 210th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 210th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 236th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 249th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 306th in the regionNudest: 346th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 445th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 469th in the regionLargest Black Market: 491st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 508th in the regionLargest Governments: 562nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Orson Welles, pharmacists increasingly claim they are morally obligated to take long lunches.
  • : Following new legislation in Orson Welles, police detectives carry phrenology calipers as part of their standard kit.
  • : Following new legislation in Orson Welles, the poor are forced into bankruptcy by their energy bills.
  • : Following new legislation in Orson Welles, foreigners must sell an arm and a leg to afford surgery in Orson Welles.
  • : Orson Welles voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Gay Panic defense Ban".
  • : Following new legislation in Orson Welles, young children are regularly seen wagering pocket money at blackjack tables.
  • : Following new legislation in Orson Welles, polygraphs are relegated to the dungeon exhibit in castle museums.
  • : Following new legislation in Orson Welles, convicts released after being found "wrongfully imprisoned" are surprisingly chill about the whole thing.
  • : Following new legislation in Orson Welles, 'A is for Annulment' is a popular children's song.
  • : Following new legislation in Orson Welles, homeless people can be found sleeping on streets in front of unoccupied second homes.

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