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Talgarth

Population8.073 billion

CapitalCardiff
LeaderElder Cyrus Middleton
FaithEntism

CurrencyPound Sterling
AnimalEnt

The Free People of Talgarth is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Elder Cyrus Middleton with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, punitive income tax rates, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate population of 8.073 billion Talgarthians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cardiff. The average income tax rate is 76.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Talgarthian economy, worth 757 trillion Pound Sterlings a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient black market in Book Publishing, Information Technology, Tourism, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 93,843 Pound Sterlings, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

The nation's student exchange programs are something of a one way street, the consent form for routine blood pressure measurement has been nominated for the 'Novel Of The Year' award, libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars, and the delay between passed legislation and real world implementation is often a decade or longer. Crime is well under control. Talgarth's national animal is the Ent, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Entism.

Talgarth is ranked 170,626th in the world and 319th in Forest for Most Pro-Market, scoring -64.78 on the Rand Index.

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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,089thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,326thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,414thLargest Black Market: 10,310thTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,504thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,516thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,662ndMost Cultured: 12,241stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,416thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,025thHighest Drug Use: 16,573rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,888thMost Inclusive: 17,741stMost Beautiful Environments: 17,870thLongest Average Lifespans: 18,482ndMost Developed: 20,394th
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Most Average: 28th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 39th in the regionLargest Black Market: 41st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 45th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Talgarth, the delay between passed legislation and real world implementation is often a decade or longer.
  • : Following new legislation in Talgarth, libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars.
  • : Following new legislation in Talgarth, the consent form for routine blood pressure measurement has been nominated for the 'Novel Of The Year' award.
  • : Talgarth was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry and the Top 10% for Most Developed.
  • : Following new legislation in Talgarth, the nation's student exchange programs are something of a one way street.
  • : Talgarth voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Trotterdam".
  • : Talgarth voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Legal Rights of Workers".
  • : Following new legislation in Talgarth, explicit slash fiction is repackaged for kindergarten kids as stories about friends cuddling friends.
  • : Following new legislation in Talgarth, toy versions of heroin paraphernalia let kids pretend to be their favourite TV characters.
  • : Following new legislation in Talgarth, passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections.

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