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The Commonwealth of Mainze

“In something we just might trust.”

Category: Capitalizt
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Lazarus



Population7.128 billion

CapitalMainze City
LeaderNoble Leader
Faithan obscure religion that has no name


The Commonwealth of Mainze is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Noble Leader with an even hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, strictly enforced bedtime, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 7.128 billion Mainzeans enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mainze City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Mainzean economy, worth a remarkable 2,524 trillion Dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 354,142 Dollars, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,877,350 per year while the poor average 35,355, a ratio of 53.1 to 1.

Unwary hikers climbing the bluffs of Mount Mainze City make great practice for foreign snipers, signatures have been replaced with illegible scribbles, many friends and relatives of Noble Leader have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations, and surveillance cameras are banned. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Mainze's national animal is the Aardvark, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is an obscure religion that has no name.

Mainze is ranked 1,224th in the world and 66th in Lazarus for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 22,201.94 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 244thLargest Retail Industry: 332ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 392ndFattest Citizens: 420thRudest Citizens: 438thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 442ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 476thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 481stMost Armed: 495thMost Avoided: 521stHighest Crime Rates: 586thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 702ndLargest Gambling Industry: 809thLargest Insurance Industry: 940thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 985thMost Efficient Economies: 1,082ndHighest Average Incomes: 1,145thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,151stLargest Mining Sector: 1,224thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,234thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,293rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,314thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,461stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,668thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,864thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,159thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,379thMost Influential: 2,571stSmartest Citizens: 2,670thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,793rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,148thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,153rdHighest Economic Output: 5,365thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,087thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,610thMost Secular: 8,201stTop
Highest Drug Use: 13,159thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,670thLargest Black Market: 15,674thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 16,203rdMost Pro-Market: 16,977thLargest Governments: 20,801st
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 12th in the regionRudest Citizens: 13th in the regionFattest Citizens: 15th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 15th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 16th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 16th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 17th in the regionMost Armed: 21st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 23rd in the regionMost Avoided: 25th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 38th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 40th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 42nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 45th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 51st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 53rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 54th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 55th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 60th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 66th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 66th in the regionMost Influential: 68th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 69th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 75th in the regionTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 87th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 100th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 101st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 117th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 127th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 141st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 182nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 195th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 254th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 335th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 360th in the regionMost Stationary: 386th in the regionTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 419th in the regionMost Secular: 427th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 441st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 760th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Mainze voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Access to Abortion".
  • : Following new legislation in Mainze, surveillance cameras are banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Mainze, many friends and relatives of Noble Leader have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations.
  • : Following new legislation in Mainze, signatures have been replaced with illegible scribbles.
  • : Following new legislation in Mainze, unwary hikers climbing the bluffs of Mount Mainze City make great practice for foreign snipers.
  • : Following new legislation in Mainze, everybody's got wood thanks to Noble Leader.
  • : Following new legislation in Mainze, endocrinology is a rapidly growing field of study.
  • : Following new legislation in Mainze, a light facial coating of soot is seen as the mark of an honest and hardworking man.
  • : Following new legislation in Mainze, gun-wielding criminals always wear appropriate eye and ear protection.
  • : Following new legislation in Mainze, corruption is a game of two halves.


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