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The Grand Duchy of Fardland Mark 2

“I cry myself to sleep”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The Hole To Hide In

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Fardland Mark 2

Population513 million

CapitalConstantinople 2

Currencyfard
Animalpuker

The Grand Duchy of Fardland Mark 2 is a huge, efficient nation, remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, infamous sell-swords, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 513 million Fardland Mark 2ians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Administration, and Education are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Constantinople 2. The average income tax rate is 72.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Fardland Mark 2ian economy, worth 65.1 trillion fards 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 a large, well-organized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Retail, Uranium Mining, and Information Technology. 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 impressive 126,853 fards, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

3D printed organs are a breath of new life for the sick and elderly, the national census includes an opt-in to join the government-run dating service, citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over Fardland Mark 2, and the government is telling wizards to put their heart into their work. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Fardland Mark 2's national animal is the puker, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Fardland Mark 2 is ranked 35,884th in the world and 62nd in The Hole To Hide In for Most Developed, scoring 71.87 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,742ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,789thLargest Mining Sector: 6,311thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,353rdMost Corrupt Governments: 8,250thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,173rdMost Avoided: 9,694thLargest Retail Industry: 9,871stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,169thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,621stTop
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Most Authoritarian: 12,360thMost Conservative: 13,762ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,731stMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,853rdHighest Poor Incomes: 17,541stLargest Agricultural Sector: 18,496thLargest Black Market: 18,959thHighest Average Incomes: 20,841stLargest Governments: 22,503rd
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Largest Mining Sector: 8th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9th in the regionMost Avoided: 10th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 10th in the regionMost Conservative: 11th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 13th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Fardland Mark 2, the government is telling wizards to put their heart into their work.
  • : Following new legislation in Fardland Mark 2, citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over Fardland Mark 2.
  • : Following new legislation in Fardland Mark 2, the national census includes an opt-in to join the government-run dating service.
  • : Following new legislation in Fardland Mark 2, 3D printed organs are a breath of new life for the sick and elderly.
  • : Following new legislation in Fardland Mark 2, royal mothers are increasingly sidelined as news crews strain for interviews and photoshoots with "the hot nanny".
  • : Following new legislation in Fardland Mark 2, research grant proposals read like political diatribes.
  • : Following new legislation in Fardland Mark 2, criminals are really screwed.
  • : Following new legislation in Fardland Mark 2, human tissue is grown in vats as a delicacy as well as for transplants.
  • : Following new legislation in Fardland Mark 2, public footpaths are being slowly eroded by the burgeoning number of ramblers.
  • : Following new legislation in Fardland Mark 2, it's entirely possible foreign diplomats misheard when Fardland Mark 2 offered the words "peace be upon you".

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World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 4 » Vennos, Nonadia, Rumanian States, and South Easthern.

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