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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2ndMost Efficient Economies: 6thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th
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Midlands

Population40.202 billion

LeaderLeader

Currencysand dollar
Animalbear

The United States of Midlands is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, suspicion of poets, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 40.202 billion Midlandsians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, with Defense, Education, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Environment and Social Policy aren't funded at all. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Midlandsian economy, worth an astonishing 29,916 trillion sand dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Automobile Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 744,158 sand dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,522,465 per year while the poor average 92,968, a ratio of 37.9 to 1.

More citizens have access to Maxtopian Grass than clean drinking water, armed war-criminals gain asylum if deemed 'fabulous' enough, the nation has opened its arms to an influx of refugees, and employers are never quite sure if graduates' qualifications have any merit or meaning. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Midlands's national animal is the bear, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Midlands is ranked 21,717th in the world and 64th in Capitalist Paradise for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 37.89 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2ndMost Efficient Economies: 6thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8thMost Avoided: 14thLargest Populations: 14thLargest Retail Industry: 15thRudest Citizens: 15thFattest Citizens: 20thHighest Disposable Incomes: 27thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 29thHighest Economic Output: 30thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 30thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 30thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 31stLargest Agricultural Sector: 53rdHighest Average Incomes: 61stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 64thLargest Mining Sector: 67thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 69thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 112thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 126thMost Valuable International Artwork: 132ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 141stLargest Gambling Industry: 144thMost Scientifically Advanced: 161stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 201stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 248thSmartest Citizens: 339thMost Subsidized Industry: 686thLargest Publishing Industry: 938thLargest Governments: 948thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,369thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,068thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,052ndSafest: 5,006thLargest Insurance Industry: 6,349thLowest Crime Rates: 7,222ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,772ndLargest Black Market: 8,584thTop
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Most Armed: 12,446thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,591stMost Stationary: 13,966thMost Secular: 14,310thMost Politically Free: 15,866thMost Influential: 16,074thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,553rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,547thMost Pro-Market: 19,594thMost Advanced Public Education: 21,489thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 21,717th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionSafest: 10th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 14th in the regionTop
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Most Extreme: 20th in the regionLargest Black Market: 27th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 27th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, employers are never quite sure if graduates' qualifications have any merit or meaning.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, the nation has opened its arms to an influx of refugees.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, armed war-criminals gain asylum if deemed 'fabulous' enough.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, more citizens have access to Maxtopian Grass than clean drinking water.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, ancient antique swords have had their blades replaced with latex boffer LARP replicas.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, rumor has it that Leader has won three lotteries in a row.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, confessions don't count if suffixed with "izzle".
  • : Midlands lodged a message on the Capitalist Paradise Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, the government thinks Midlandsians can achieve social cohesion by drinking soda together.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, nuclear warheads are frequently launched into space as a warning to invading meteoroids.

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