by Max Barry

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 1,101stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,116thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,202nd
The Too-Well-Hidden Bunker of
Left-Leaning College State Paradise
Your Honour, it isn't a war-crime if I'm having fun.
Michael Talberg
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population4.684 billion

LeaderMichael Talberg


The Too-Well-Hidden Bunker of Podium is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Michael Talberg with an even hand, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, complete lack of prisons, and ubiquitous missile silos. The compassionate, hard-working, humorless population of 4.684 billion Poduminians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The medium-sized, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Eighburn. The average income tax rate is 69.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Poduminian economy, worth 883 trillion points 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 significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 188,671 points, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

The Liberal Progressive and Progressive Liberal parties swear that they have totally different ideologies, the bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Eighburn, droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police, and it's been a banner year for local vexillology. Crime is totally unknown. Podium's national animal is the sergal, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Podium is ranked 3,932nd in the world and 88th in the West Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 95.23 on the Human Development Index.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 1,101stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,116thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,202ndRudest Citizens: 2,305thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,935thMost Inclusive: 3,151stMost Influential: 3,266thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,425thSmartest Citizens: 3,524thMost Developed: 3,932ndLargest Publishing Industry: 3,947thMost Cultured: 3,958thMost Secular: 5,509thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,855thHighest Average Incomes: 7,958thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,094thMost Efficient Economies: 8,911thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,381stHealthiest Citizens: 10,555thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,884thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,064thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,267thLargest Governments: 12,574thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,255thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,739thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,295thNicest Citizens: 15,507thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16,823rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,129thHighest Drug Use: 19,982ndLowest Crime Rates: 20,247thHighest Economic Output: 21,305thSafest: 22,301stLargest Retail Industry: 22,543rd
Largest Agricultural Sector: 37th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 43rd in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 60th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 60th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 74th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 75th in the regionMost Inclusive: 78th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 79th in the regionMost Cultured: 84th in the regionMost Influential: 87th in the regionMost Developed: 88th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 97th in the regionMost Secular: 147th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 148th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 159th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 167th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 186th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 191st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 228th in the regionLargest Governments: 239th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 240th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 263rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 267th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 272nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 274th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 275th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 279th in the regionTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 306th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 315th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 347th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 428th in the regionNicest Citizens: 430th in the regionLargest Populations: 484th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 501st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 503rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 514th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Podium, it's been a banner year for local vexillology.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, the bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Eighburn.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, the Liberal Progressive and Progressive Liberal parties swear that they have totally different ideologies.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, international tensions are high as Podium threatens any government with the audacity to arrest its citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, the nation's atlases tend to go out of date every few weeks.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, trespassers entering Michael Talberg's office are immediately vaporized.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, a byzantine web of conspiracies and secret alliances must be navigated any time legislation is voted upon.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 108 » Giovanniland, Fuentana, Ocheon, Mediobogdum, Pandaland II, BIteland, Nieubasria, Dilber, Fujai, Archonina, Wickedly evil people, Smedlandia, Kittenlicious, Recuecn, Holmani, Kisovec, DiscGolfLand, Gracelantia, IndyCar Racing, Westwind, Mirchusko, Anuubis, Sindria, Psikuta, Ferroia, Greynne, Condonohia, Greg Tucker, Papercuts and Skittles, Shaktirajya, Gryphonian Alliance, Mathematania, Bhang Bhang Duc, The Undivided, Lodiberdade, The First Earth Empire, Eastern Bahia, Wellington Bingbong, Plarland Amex, Kiensu, Hamburg Neo, Cro Magnon, Schantan, Wild lands of Tribe, Isle Royale, Desmosthenes and Burke, Albyion Kingdom, Mackieron, Marina Nova, The Rega, and 58 others.Vlobbania, Svanland, The United Republic of Westend, Matism, Befiehl, Free Radio States, Q The Almighty, Maria, Granducato Toscana, Thyrall, Atheist States of Philippines, Imperial Eascalsh Ohavillbell, Dreamers for Hope, Nevafornia, Euarsia, Robbinston, Inner Paniumati, Athrid HullHund, Antahbrantahstan, Ingentis Novus, Sensorland, Ostrogothaland, Lynier, Ellcrys, The Anti-Social Socialists, Libterraria, Al-Amanah, Nas Crustium, Av Libertas Vindex, Rajtech, Orson Welles, The divisive isolationists, Volkason, Win Mints, Twisted Duality, Comia Noracon, Willow Gate, Oronia, Leukogeras, Constantinopolisia, Professor thomas, Moriari, Santos-Dominius, New Belia, The Free States of Gotham, The North American Assembly, United Adaikes, Arnic, Akshireuya, Marshalia, Common Good, New Democratic Republic of Russia, Fallgriffin, Fumafuma, Omskin, Aluminum Oxynitride, Glorious Existence, and Champaign.

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