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The Technocratic Republic of Barfleur

“One for all and all for one”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The East Pacific



Population2.845 billion

CapitalLa Hogue
LeaderAndrew II


The Technocratic Republic of Barfleur is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Andrew II with an even hand, and notable for its compulsory military service, free-roaming dinosaurs, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 2.845 billion Barfleurians 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 medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of La Hogue. The average income tax rate is 74.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Barfleurian economy, worth 617 trillion kronor a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 216,907 kronor, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Illegal moonshine operations get taken out with laser-guided airstrikes, Thomas the Spank Engine is the most popular and controversial children's show in the nation, a shipwreck is everyone's fault but the captain's, and saying "don't do anything that Andrew II wouldn't do" doesn't exclude a great deal. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Barfleur's national animal is the beaver, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Barfleur is ranked 22,097th in the world and 652nd in The East Pacific for Longest Average Lifespans, with 89.77 Years.

Rudest Citizens: 2,254thMost Influential: 2,576thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,642ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,750thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,839thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,923rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,013thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,957thLargest Black Market: 4,191stMost Cultured: 4,405thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,871stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,916thHighest Average Incomes: 5,106thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,843rdMost Corrupt Governments: 8,277thMost Secular: 8,983rdLargest Publishing Industry: 9,466thMost Armed: 9,781stMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,041stTop
Most Efficient Economies: 10,701stLargest Retail Industry: 10,837thLargest Governments: 11,045thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,242ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,536thMost Developed: 11,759thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,301stMost Advanced Public Education: 12,939thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,107thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,284thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,788thHighest Drug Use: 15,007thSmartest Citizens: 15,672ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,673rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,720thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 17,645thHighest Average Tax Rates: 20,988th
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 55th in the regionRudest Citizens: 58th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 63rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 73rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 74th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 83rd in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 93rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 97th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 109th in the regionMost Cultured: 110th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 130th in the regionMost Influential: 145th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 181st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 217th in the regionMost Armed: 224th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 234th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 250th in the regionLargest Governments: 256th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 262nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 270th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 275th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 304th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 312th in the regionMost Secular: 318th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 319th in the regionMost Developed: 327th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 340th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 347th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 368th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 381st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 392nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 397th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 403rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 449th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 512th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 523rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 636th in the regionMost Stationary: 640th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 652nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 674th in the regionMost Average: 731st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 752nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 789th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Barfleur was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Barfleur, saying "don't do anything that Andrew II wouldn't do" doesn't exclude a great deal.
  • : Barfleur voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Military Identification Tag Act"".
  • : Following new legislation in Barfleur, a shipwreck is everyone's fault but the captain's.
  • : Following new legislation in Barfleur, Thomas the Spank Engine is the most popular and controversial children's show in the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Barfleur, illegal moonshine operations get taken out with laser-guided airstrikes.
  • : Following new legislation in Barfleur, college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys.
  • : Following new legislation in Barfleur, young soldiers are shocked to discover there are no 'safe spaces' on a battlefield.
  • : Barfleur was reclassified from "Left-Leaning College State" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Barfleur, back-alley circumcision clinics are popping up all over the nation.


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