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The Lucky Principality of Gieruland

“Aardvarks want Christmas too” Faurstaiss Ues Tierj

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Antarctica

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Gieruland

Population4.139 billion

CapitalHelbion
LeaderFaurstaiss Ues Tierj
FaithCult of Enki

CurrencyWrimark
Animalbat

The Lucky Principality of Gieruland is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Faurstaiss Ues Tierj with an even hand, and renowned for its ban on automobiles, ritual sacrifices, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 4.139 billion Gierulandians 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 Administration, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Helbion. The average income tax rate is 59.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Gierulandic economy, worth 864 trillion Wrimarks 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Tourism, and Retail. 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 amazing 208,895 Wrimarks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

A byzantine web of conspiracies and secret alliances must be navigated any time legislation is voted upon, daring to agree with another politician is grounds for instant dismissal, anti-environmentalist dissidents must beware of government plants in their midst, and mining is the nation's most dangerous occupation. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gieruland's national animal is the bat, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Cult of Enki.

Gieruland is ranked 112,984th in the world and 18th in Antarctica for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 1,163.42 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Top
5%
Most Armed: 3,058thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,047thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,627thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,638thLargest Black Market: 4,751stMost Patriotic: 4,945thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,441stHighest Average Incomes: 6,629thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,717thRudest Citizens: 8,062ndLargest Retail Industry: 8,104thLargest Mining Sector: 8,290thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,780thMost Cultured: 10,197thLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,813thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,682ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 12,821stTop
10%
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 16,289thHighest Food Quality: 17,564thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17,965thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,890thMost Developed: 19,154thSmartest Citizens: 19,368thMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,384thLargest Governments: 20,672ndMost Beautiful Environments: 21,081stMost Advanced Public Transport: 23,713thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 24,425thMost Inclusive: 25,597thHighest Economic Output: 26,180thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 26,320th
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Most Average: 2nd in the regionTop
10%
Most Patriotic: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Gieruland, mining is the nation's most dangerous occupation.
  • : Following new legislation in Gieruland, anti-environmentalist dissidents must beware of government plants in their midst.
  • : Following new legislation in Gieruland, daring to agree with another politician is grounds for instant dismissal.
  • : Gieruland was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Gieruland, a byzantine web of conspiracies and secret alliances must be navigated any time legislation is voted upon.
  • : Following new legislation in Gieruland, factories place endangered birds in their rafters in pursuit of government protections.
  • : Following new legislation in Gieruland, fans doing the wave routinely disrupt the finals of Go tournaments.
  • : Following new legislation in Gieruland, major cities shut down as their local sports team takes to the field every day.
  • : Gieruland was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Following new legislation in Gieruland, missionaries learn the hard way that their piercing spiritual insights are no match for arrows.

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