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The Federal Republic of Jornlandia

“Homo homini lupus”

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

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific



Population435 million


The Federal Republic of Jornlandia is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, compulsory military service, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, hard-working population of 435 million Jornlandians 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 relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 21.2%.

The powerhouse Jornlandian economy, worth 38.7 trillion jorns a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Basket Weaving, Information Technology, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is 88,901 jorns, with the richest citizens earning 8.6 times as much as the poorest.

Business meetings across the country are interrupted by the sound of squeaking whoopee-cushions, the government recently donated a surfboard to an impoverished family in a landlocked region, the government regularly reassures citizens that there are no monsters under their beds, and new cases of Asbestosis are cropping up as quickly as hospitals can deal with them. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Jornlandia's national animal is the shark, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Jornlandia is ranked 33,331st in the world and 984th in the South Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 64.62 on the Human Development Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,763rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,916thTop
Most Influential: 8,657thLargest Retail Industry: 11,729thHighest Disposable Incomes: 13,976thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14,418th
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 108th in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 330th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 406th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 442nd in the regionMost Average: 496th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 505th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 537th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 552nd in the region

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