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Most Valuable International Artwork: 893rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,692ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 4,946th
The United Socialist States of
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Torsein

Population3.978 billion

CurrencyGold
AnimalEagle

The United Socialist States of Torsein is a massive, cultured nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, disturbing lack of elderly people, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 3.978 billion Torseinians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Administration, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 42.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Torseinian economy, worth 414 trillion Golds a year, is fairly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Furniture Restoration, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 104,234 Golds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Law schools are hurrying to teach the "prank defense" to their students, children keel over while singing "Leader Gives Us the Water of Life", Torseinians incessantly needle their doctors for relief, and there's more vermin than ever on the metro. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Torsein's national animal is the Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Torsein is ranked 82,811th in the world and 2,291st in the Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 2,691.56 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 893rdTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,692ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 4,946thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,734thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,250thMost Secular: 8,782ndLargest Black Market: 10,120thMost Avoided: 10,721stTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 13,250thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 13,377thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,501stMost Subsidized Industry: 15,512thMost Conservative: 17,977thLargest Mining Sector: 19,369thHighest Poor Incomes: 21,002ndMost Efficient Economies: 21,389thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 22,841st
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 28th in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 70th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 122nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 167th in the regionLargest Black Market: 170th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 197th in the regionMost Secular: 222nd in the regionMost Avoided: 223rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 242nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 262nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 276th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 324th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 392nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 431st in the regionMost Stationary: 436th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 493rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 525th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 549th in the regionMost Influential: 550th in the regionLargest Populations: 561st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Torsein was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Avoided and the Top 10% for Largest Mining Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Torsein, there's more vermin than ever on the metro.
  • : Following new legislation in Torsein, Torseinians incessantly needle their doctors for relief.
  • : Following new legislation in Torsein, children keel over while singing "Leader Gives Us the Water of Life".
  • : Following new legislation in Torsein, law schools are hurrying to teach the "prank defense" to their students.
  • : Following new legislation in Torsein, the nation's endangered species are no longer endangered.
  • : Following new legislation in Torsein, politicians can be condescending (which by the way means "showing an attitude of patronising superiority").
  • : Following new legislation in Torsein, military equipment stores have a tendency to go up in flames.
  • : Following new legislation in Torsein, edutainment video games are taking Torsein's students to the next level.
  • : Following new legislation in Torsein, the diplomatic corps stinks.

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