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The Holiest of the Holy Lands of Deep South Borland

“Please, may I offer you a cup of Kool-Aid?”

Category: Authoritarian Democracy
Civil Rights:
Outlawed
Economy:
Imploded
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Wysteria

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Deep South Borland

Population33.381 billion

CapitalSacrosanct City
LeaderHis Supreme Holy Eminence
FaithThe Truest Fairy Tale Ever Told

CurrencySacrament
AnimalLamb

The Holiest of the Holy Lands of Deep South Borland is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by His Supreme Holy Eminence with an even hand, and notable for its deadly medical pandemics, rampant corporate plagiarism, and avowedly heterosexual populace. The compassionate, cheerful, devout population of 33.381 billion Deep South Borlandeese are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Spirituality, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sacrosanct City. The average income tax rate is 99.2%.

The large but stagnant Deep South Borlandite economy, worth 353 trillion Sacraments a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is mostly made up of the Basket Weaving industry. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 10,576 Sacraments, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Officials pull all-nighters to check immigrants for potential links to terrorists, there's a shortage of swinging hot spots as land development grinds to a halt, children who can't memorize their multiplication tables are sent to the mines, and coastal cities are being moved a dozen miles inland to reduce flooding risk. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Deep South Borland's national animal is the Lamb, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Truest Fairy Tale Ever Told.

Deep South Borland is ranked 169,106th in the world and 74th in Wysteria for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring -124.66 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Most Primitive: 1stMost Devout: 1stMost Pacifist: 2ndMost Beautiful Environments: 3rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rdBest Weather: 3rdLowest Crime Rates: 3rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 6thNicest Citizens: 14thMost Ignorant Citizens: 15thLongest Average Lifespans: 26thMost Cultured: 123rdMost Corrupt Governments: 303rdMost Stationary: 372ndLargest Populations: 899thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,226thTop
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Largest Governments: 1,962ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,850thMost Conservative: 4,635thMost Influential: 5,340thMost Authoritarian: 6,209thMost Income Equality: 8,265thTop
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Most Extreme: 13,748thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14,992nd
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Nicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Income Equality: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Conservative: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Extreme: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the regionMost Stationary: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Deep South Borland, coastal cities are being moved a dozen miles inland to reduce flooding risk.
  • : Following new legislation in Deep South Borland, children who can't memorize their multiplication tables are sent to the mines.
  • : Following new legislation in Deep South Borland, there's a shortage of swinging hot spots as land development grinds to a halt.
  • : Following new legislation in Deep South Borland, officials pull all-nighters to check immigrants for potential links to terrorists.
  • : Following new legislation in Deep South Borland, His Supreme Holy Eminence's speeches are beloved by insomniacs.
  • : Following new legislation in Deep South Borland, families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain.
  • : Following new legislation in Deep South Borland, government agents are triangulating the position of the rainbow's end for the purposes of gold acquisition.
  • : Following new legislation in Deep South Borland, dog breeding has been banned in accordance with recent animal experimentation laws.
  • : Following new legislation in Deep South Borland, single celebrities have to repeatedly prove their chastity to avoid being married off to infatuated fans.
  • : Following new legislation in Deep South Borland, the decision to be oppressed is now made democratically.

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