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The Northern Marshes of Drasnia

Drasnia was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 224

“A nation of merchants, spies, and merchants who spy.” King Rhodar

Category: Anarchy
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Forest



Population16.473 billion

LeaderKing Rhodar


The Northern Marshes of Drasnia is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by King Rhodar with a fair hand, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, smutty television, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 16.473 billion Drasnians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken individuals is dominated by the Department of Industry, although Education, Administration, and International Aid are also considered important, while Environment and Law & Order are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Boktor. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Drasnian economy, worth a remarkable 6,178 trillion half-crowns a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Gambling, and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 375,056 half-crowns, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,581,405 per year while the poor average 19,405, a ratio of 133 to 1.

Politicians always seem to take two steps forward then three steps back, where your food came from is an unknowable mystery, politicians have been known to swim in pools filled with half-crowns, and the space program has been reduced to King Rhodar's nephew playing with a cardboard space shuttle. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Drasnia's national animal is the fenling, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Drasnia is ranked 432nd in the world and 2nd in Forest for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 21,619.27 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 38thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 46thRudest Citizens: 47thHighest Crime Rates: 51stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 60thMost Armed: 66thFattest Citizens: 72ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 122ndMost Avoided: 131stLargest Gambling Industry: 133rdMost Rebellious Youth: 135thLargest Retail Industry: 169thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 263rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 313thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 338thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 432ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 704thLargest Mining Sector: 802ndHighest Average Incomes: 941stLargest Insurance Industry: 1,008thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,161stHighest Economic Output: 1,213thHighest Drug Use: 1,303rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,333rdMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1,374thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,428thMost Extreme: 1,648thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,906thMost Pro-Market: 1,952ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,061stTop
Most Influential: 2,175thMost Politically Free: 2,216thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,408thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,652ndLargest Publishing Industry: 3,789thMost Cultured: 4,406thMost Efficient Economies: 5,644thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,848thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,709thTop
Largest Populations: 10,485thLargest Black Market: 10,633rdNudest: 11,044thSmartest Citizens: 15,509thMost Inclusive: 17,381stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,784thMost Stationary: 19,925thLargest Agricultural Sector: 20,040th
Most Pro-Market: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Extreme: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 14th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21st in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 24th in the regionLargest Populations: 28th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 28th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 29th in the regionMost Influential: 35th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 39th in the regionNudest: 39th in the regionLargest Black Market: 41st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 45th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Drasnia, the space program has been reduced to King Rhodar's nephew playing with a cardboard space shuttle.
  • : Following new legislation in Drasnia, politicians have been known to swim in pools filled with half-crowns.
  • : Following new legislation in Drasnia, where your food came from is an unknowable mystery.
  • : Following new legislation in Drasnia, politicians always seem to take two steps forward then three steps back.
  • : Following new legislation in Drasnia, a firework a day does not in fact keep the doctor away.
  • : Following new legislation in Drasnia, bruised children are made to thank their bullies for the valuable life lessons.
  • : Drasnia lodged a message on the Forest Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Drasnia, street gangs rule most of the nation's major cities.
  • : Following new legislation in Drasnia, the government's stance on marriage is 'Let Drasnians marry themselves'.
  • : Following new legislation in Drasnia, skateboarding is considered a form of diplomacy.


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