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Most Authoritarian: 6,167thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,208thMost Conservative: 10,808th
The Federation of
Psychotic Dictatorship Communist Dictatorship
Protecting the Federation and its People
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Reasonable
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Polterland

Population483 million

CapitalCollarstone

Currencypent
AnimalArctic Wolf

The Federation of Polterland is a huge, safe nation, notable for its state-planned economy, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 483 million Polters are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Collarstone. The average income tax rate is 58.6%.

The sizeable but inefficient Polter economy, worth 19.9 trillion pents 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, fairly diversified black market in Beef-Based Agriculture, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Automobile Manufacturing, and Furniture Restoration. 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 41,251 pents, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.6 times as much as the poorest.

Troops are either deafened by gunfire or a hysterical voice screaming the Party manifesto, the love has gone in Polterland, the sound of office water cooler chatter has been replaced by the whirring of computer cooling fans, and the "swords to plowshares" policy has created a generation of farmers that can kill a yak from 200 yards away. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Polterland's national animal is the Arctic Wolf.

Polterland is ranked 240,796th in the world and 1,227th in 10000 Islands for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring -6.72 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Most Authoritarian: 6,167thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,208thMost Conservative: 10,808thTop
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Most Patriotic: 19,342ndMost Influential: 25,584th
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Most Authoritarian: 21st in the regionMost Extreme: 33rd in the regionMost Conservative: 50th in the regionTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 112th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Polterland was endorsed by The Armed Republic of Zagatin.
  • : Polterland was endorsed by The Empire Federation of Alski.
  • : Polterland was endorsed by The Hermit Kingdom of Iron Soviet.
  • : Polterland was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Polterland changed its national capital to "Collarstone".
  • : Following new legislation in Polterland, the "swords to plowshares" policy has created a generation of farmers that can kill a yak from 200 yards away.
  • : Following new legislation in Polterland, the sound of office water cooler chatter has been replaced by the whirring of computer cooling fans.
  • : Following new legislation in Polterland, the love has gone in Polterland.
  • : Following new legislation in Polterland, troops are either deafened by gunfire or a hysterical voice screaming the Party manifesto.
  • : Following new legislation in Polterland, Polterland has designated Collarstone as its capital city.

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