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The Democratic States of Bortheria

“Expect what you give.”

Category: Capitalizt
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: 10000 Islands



Population208 million


The Democratic States of Bortheria is a huge, cultured nation, remarkable for its smutty television, frequent executions, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 208 million Bortherians enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The minute, liberal, pro-business government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Education. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.1%.

The powerhouse Bortherian economy, worth 20.3 trillion bones a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Soda Sales, Automobile Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is 97,550 bones, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 450,852 per year while the poor average 12,739, a ratio of 35.4 to 1.

Subsidisation of Big Pharma has stopped many corporate executives from having to sell their second homes, politicians have been known to swim in pools filled with bones, Bortherian athletes are close to breaking the 2 minute mile and the 16 meter long jump, and there's more vermin than ever on the metro. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Bortheria's national animal is the owl, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Bortheria is ranked 203,524th in the world and 1,887th in 10000 Islands for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 4.1 Effective Tax Rate.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 678thTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,913thHighest Crime Rates: 3,239thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,559thRudest Citizens: 3,619thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,035thFattest Citizens: 4,492ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,505thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,508thMost Influential: 5,043rdMost Avoided: 5,864thLargest Retail Industry: 7,243rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,574thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,406thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,833rdTop
Most Armed: 10,324thHighest Drug Use: 11,847thMost Pro-Market: 13,939thLargest Mining Sector: 18,019thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,067thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18,744thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 19,088th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 15th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 35th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 40th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 42nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 43rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 45th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 52nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 55th in the regionRudest Citizens: 58th in the regionMost Avoided: 60th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 60th in the regionFattest Citizens: 61st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 91st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 94th in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 104th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 110th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 116th in the regionMost Armed: 139th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 157th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 158th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 178th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bortheria was endorsed by The Holy Blue NationStates of HumanSanity.
  • : Bortheria voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Legal Rights of Workers".
  • : Bortheria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Trotterdam".
  • : Following new legislation in Bortheria, there's more vermin than ever on the metro.
  • : Following new legislation in Bortheria, Bortherian athletes are close to breaking the 2 minute mile and the 16 meter long jump.
  • : Following new legislation in Bortheria, politicians have been known to swim in pools filled with bones.
  • : Following new legislation in Bortheria, subsidisation of Big Pharma has stopped many corporate executives from having to sell their second homes.
  • : Following new legislation in Bortheria, the children of Bortheria are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence.
  • : Bortheria was endorsed by The Principality of Haxx Isles.
  • : Bortheria was endorsed by The Republic of Ilfarasia.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 229 » Kuriko, Valentian Elysium, Waitiki, Ehrgeizig, The Republic of Osea, Wysrod, Dustwind, Kachikawawa, Tamsalin, Anisopterra, The Soylent Green Party, Evertopia, Ignis Cinere, Nemohsis, Liberdon, Keswickholt, West Whale, Vivolkha, The Galactic RepubIlic, Krystalveil, Isentran, New CHOP, Tzo, Seranis, Slaytania, Point Comfort Colony, Lisokyo, Ali Faridi, Northern African Sahara, Creeptopia, United Kingdom of Selesnia, Ao Kuang, Drewish, City of Saint Nicolas, Jesehannu, Catiels, Sawhirius, Zuleit, AciaciaMont, Nilveroe, Setealem, Selfide, Zog Imperialis, Aeraven, Okimana, Vill Send, Gewisse, Silvastorn, Oyste, Republic of Libriano, and 179 others.Wuerttenberg, New Udonia, East Drent, QuazaFire, Old Atlantica, Asakraka, West Longobardia, Miliarat, Vest Choslayance, Calrad, Amabanana, Namakan, Haivon, Itic, Republic of Nutella, Katitania, Carricka, Greenmont Federation, Canthos, Alleida, Bradmarkers, Dzurvia, Vones Monourakal, Geonomia, Islands of Czechia, Northern Nivaria, Brackilvanyia, Erenonde, Diahn, Vragar, Aurorastar, Lower Phlebacite, Solsevara, Drusila, AliEN A, Zeklandia, Airday, Lprodigz, Swag Chief Bubba Estate, Acvilsol, Mastodonia, Confederacy of Imperial Territories, Final Universal Order, Saybel, Alaxia, Leyarts, Prairiesora, Far New Zum, Ferte, Est Edmus Turs, Dasterotchavan, Palman, Pesna, Zeganas, West Coulee, Gal Cradia, The Parandeam, Marroc, Eist, Holma, Ria Reavi, Juiulia, Medetas, Nea Portucale, Creightland, Nooooooooooooooo, Skamor, Uravel, Terra Royaume, The Pipiles, Carthegia, Lantzalot, Achiotopia, Atlaca, A R V E R N A, Sumipe, Untied coconuts government, South Comradia, Giraten, Yakkandiania, IslaMond, Eames, Sovieka, Karlando, Democratic Republic Of Unified States, KaldDalen, Normerk, Hanrimac, Petroporos, New Tamara, Grimmywelsh, Seantonia, Chip Skylark, Tangora, Zopciria, St Lennys Island, Northern Narnialand, Tommerton, Dystopija, Cherkeskia, Nogalacia, Ergandia, Kebecois, Caldorado, Anollasia, Ariree, Novegia, Chocolate Coookies, Quwoe, Nanase Army, Nuremburgia, Better Indonesia, Euclid Island, Tills, Riance, North Southumberland, Son Weslana, Zyrcrestia, Ascended Union, Transvolcanic, Pardul, The unidet Of life, Sedek-Cantus, Arctic Coalition, Mystaaria, ShadowVoltia, Vontarus, Hunism, Hell Dos, Andreusz, Testa, Anigeto, Danyl, Quemfaria, Kaltovar, Voldwinashunst, The Snake Brotherhood, PYT, New Terrasol, Aspistania, Teabagia, New Suwa, Haarlen, Tsan Derch, Airegin123, Zachais, True Mans, Tycorn, Arkerinia, Grungerock, Crysanthem, Dorab, Intteringoniseme, Samonaemia, Manurajya, Kildare, Dadalin, Uprus, Marxist Germany, Imperio de los Torres, Kyrizstanislav, Stoichlands, Allied Arctic States, Thinking Logically and Critically, Timid Turtle, Discotheque, Makykay, Generic Country Name That Is Available, Riachisland, Echocrimsonia, Pedapudi, Pianaville, Maalemzya, Republic of Tikistan, New Goldman, Serbianistan, Ilfarasia, Haxx Isles, and HumanSanity.

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