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The Sanctuary of Intermontibus

“Strength Before Weakness”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Fines Aurum

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Intermontibus

Population1.42 billion

CapitalChancel
LeaderDurinn
FaithEir

Currencyducat
Animalbowerbird

The Sanctuary of Intermontibus is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Durinn with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, free-roaming dinosaurs, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-working, cynical population of 1.42 billion Vir Montibus are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The relatively small, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Chancel. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 16.5%.

The all-consuming Vir Montibus economy, worth 145 trillion ducats a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an impressive 102,166 ducats, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 337,251 per year while the poor average 23,155, a ratio of 14.6 to 1.

The recently unemployed can often be seen at the local homeless shelter, prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries, condos feature wall-mounted cages containing endangered animals, and the streets are increasingly clogged with poverty-stricken beggars. Crime is totally unknown. Intermontibus's national animal is the bowerbird, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Eir.

Intermontibus is ranked 207,785th in the world and 2nd in Fines Aurum for Most Beautiful Environments, with 338.96 pounds of wildlife per square mile.

Top
5%
Largest Retail Industry: 4,444thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,342ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 9,809thTop
10%
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 13,291stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,080thMost Scientifically Advanced: 23,979th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Intermontibus's influence in Fines Aurum rose from "Enforcer" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : Following new legislation in Intermontibus, the streets are increasingly clogged with poverty-stricken beggars.
  • : Following new legislation in Intermontibus, condos feature wall-mounted cages containing endangered animals.
  • : Following new legislation in Intermontibus, prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries.
  • : Following new legislation in Intermontibus, the recently unemployed can often be seen at the local homeless shelter.
  • : Following new legislation in Intermontibus, fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits.
  • : Intermontibus's influence in Fines Aurum rose from "Dealmaker" to "Enforcer".
  • : Intermontibus was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced and Largest Soda Pop Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Intermontibus, hospitals fear government fines more than terrorist ransoms.
  • : Following new legislation in Intermontibus, commuters often break into synchronised para-para dancing for no reason at all.

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