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The Ferrum Nation of Illand

“Ut ferrea turris aeternum”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Balder



Population12.577 billion



The Ferrum Nation of Illand is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Maxum with a fair hand, and remarkable for its frequent executions, unlimited-speed roads, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 12.577 billion Ferrites enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ferrum. The average income tax rate is 83.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Illandian economy, worth a remarkable 1,784 trillion Drachmas a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 141,886 Drachmas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Atheists in the nation feel uneasy living in buildings where they were once vilified, Tom and Jerry cartoons have cat and mouse resolving their problems with reasoned discussion, snooze factory is now prison lingo for rehabilitation center, and mechanics are often exhausted by their work. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Illand's national animal is the Fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Illand is ranked 87,653rd in the world and 4,203rd in Balder for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 1,194.14 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most Efficient Economies: 3,130thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,840thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,942ndMost Stationary: 6,088thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,125thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,546thMost Influential: 7,143rdHighest Economic Output: 7,227thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,019thMost Developed: 8,305thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 9,108thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,704thLowest Crime Rates: 9,807thNicest Citizens: 9,914thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,111thLargest Governments: 10,397thSmartest Citizens: 10,903rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,917thHealthiest Citizens: 11,053rdLongest Average Lifespans: 11,289thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,384thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,416thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,608thSafest: 12,300thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,850thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,394thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,485thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,722ndMost Inclusive: 13,843rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,901stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,335thHighest Average Incomes: 14,340thLargest Populations: 15,828thMost Cultured: 16,236th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 11th in the regionMost Influential: 35th in the regionMost Stationary: 49th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 154th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 193rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 297th in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 380th in the regionMost Developed: 387th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 388th in the regionLargest Populations: 400th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 462nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 512th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 531st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 533rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 535th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 547th in the regionLargest Governments: 553rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 585th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 594th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 622nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 628th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 645th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 646th in the regionSafest: 696th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Illand changed its national nation type to "Ferrum Nation".
  • : Illand lodged a message on the Balder Regional Message Board.
  • : Illand was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Illand published "The Beginning" (Factbook: History).
  • : Illand changed its national capital to "Ferrum", its demonym to "Ferrite", its leader to "Maxum", and its motto to "Ut ferrea turris aeternum".
  • : Illand revoked its national faith.
  • : Illand altered its national flag.
  • : Illand was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Illand was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Illand was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.


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