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The Jingoistic States of Aughland

“Badgers or death!” Mikail The Absolute Madman Lind

Category: Father Knows Best State
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Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Territory of Lasagna



Population7.754 billion

CapitalAughland City
LeaderMikail The Absolute Madman Lind

AnimalHoney Badger

The Jingoistic States of Aughland is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Mikail The Absolute Madman Lind with an iron fist, and renowned for its ritual sacrifices, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 7.754 billion Aughlandians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Administration, and Industry are also considered important, while International Aid and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Aughland City. The average income tax rate is 81.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Aughlandian economy, worth a remarkable 1,762 trillion Badgers 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Retail. 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 an amazing 227,295 Badgers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.6 times as much as the poorest.

Foreign leaders' Twitcher accounts are monitored for potential threats to national security, the ABI Channel Tunnel project is plagued by delays, the people consider response to rudeness to be an acceptable casus belli, and the breathalyser pledge is a traditional part of marriages in Aughland. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aughland's national animal is the Honey Badger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Aughland is ranked 167,606th in the world and 4th in Territory of Lasagna for Most Pro-Market, scoring -60.44 on the Rand Index.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 558thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,021stTop
Largest Black Market: 2,160thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,586thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,646thMost Devout: 2,745thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,000thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,049thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,089thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,204thHighest Average Incomes: 4,448thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,512thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,884thLargest Governments: 7,493rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,090thLowest Crime Rates: 8,564thHighest Economic Output: 8,760thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,070thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,187thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 10,385thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,723rdLargest Retail Industry: 11,513thMost Cultured: 11,652ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,339thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,946thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,646thMost Efficient Economies: 14,130thMost Developed: 15,883rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,179thHighest Drug Use: 17,420thMost Beautiful Environments: 19,305thLongest Average Lifespans: 19,892ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20,112th

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