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The Peripatetic Praise-giver of Middlemidden

“The middle bit is the best.”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Alcohol

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Middlemidden

Population5.104 billion

CapitalPerineum
LeaderMalcolm

Currencyperfectly balanced golden frog
Animalvacillating varmint

The Peripatetic Praise-giver of Middlemidden is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Malcolm with an iron fist, and renowned for its state-planned economy, national health service, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 5.104 billion Middlemid Guardians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The medium-sized, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Perineum. The average income tax rate is 53.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Middenish economy, worth 578 trillion perfectly balanced golden frogs 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 a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Retail, Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Uranium Mining. 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 impressive 113,381 perfectly balanced golden frogs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Space research funding has hit a recent high while several military bases are being closed down, the military recognizes no difference between male and female soldiers, aeroplane cockpits no longer have altimeters or airspeed indicators, and the nation's student exchange programs are something of a one way street. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Middlemidden's national animal is the vacillating varmint, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Middlemidden is ranked 29,784th in the world and 1st in Alcohol for Most Developed, scoring 74.32 on the Human Development Index.

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Largest Retail Industry: 2,403rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3,407thFattest Citizens: 3,575thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,758thMost Avoided: 4,846thNudest: 6,139thLargest Mining Sector: 9,229thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,677thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,678thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,036thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,711thLargest Black Market: 15,034thMost Subsidized Industry: 18,002nd
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Most Developed: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Middlemidden, the nation's student exchange programs are something of a one way street.
  • : Following new legislation in Middlemidden, aeroplane cockpits no longer have altimeters or airspeed indicators.
  • : Following new legislation in Middlemidden, the military recognizes no difference between male and female soldiers.
  • : Following new legislation in Middlemidden, space research funding has hit a recent high while several military bases are being closed down.
  • : Following new legislation in Middlemidden, children's books regularly feature formerly distressed damsels suing their princes.
  • : Middlemidden's influence in Alcohol rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : Middlemidden's influence in Alcohol rose from "Shoeshiner" to "Page".
  • : Middlemidden's influence in Alcohol rose from "Zero" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Middlemidden lodged a message on the Alcohol Regional Message Board.
  • : Middlemidden relocated from The Sith United Nations to Alcohol.

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