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The United States of Midlands

“Don't just do something - stand there”

Category: Anarchy
Civil Rights:
Frightening
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Corrupted

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: NationStates

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Midlands

Population46.288 billion

LeaderLeader

Currencysand dollar
Animalbear

The United States of Midlands is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, museums and concert halls, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 46.288 billion Midlandsians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, although Defense, Education, and Administration are also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy aren't funded at all. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Midlandsian economy, worth an astonishing 38,663 trillion sand dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 835,283 sand dollars, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,869,797 per year while the poor average 40,448, a ratio of 145 to 1.

Shanty towns have formed around the newly rebuilt commercial district, the "boy who cried wolf" policy makes sick people reluctant to call an ambulance, tough diplomacy is often best handled with a nutcracker, and police struggle to solve crimes due to the lack of fingerprint records. Crime is totally unknown. Midlands's national animal is the bear, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Midlands is ranked 106th in the world and 1st in NationStates for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 45,558.89 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2ndMost Efficient Economies: 3rdRudest Citizens: 8thLargest Populations: 11thHighest Disposable Incomes: 14thFattest Citizens: 15thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15thLargest Retail Industry: 17thHighest Economic Output: 18thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 26thMost Avoided: 27thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 29thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 31stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 36thHighest Average Incomes: 44thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 49thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 54thMost Valuable International Artwork: 55thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 62ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 66thLargest Mining Sector: 67thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 67thMost Politically Free: 75thMost Scientifically Advanced: 75thLargest Gambling Industry: 106thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 146thSmartest Citizens: 177thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 193rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 294thMost Subsidized Industry: 359thMost Armed: 515thLargest Governments: 667thMost Extreme: 809thLargest Information Technology Sector: 838thLargest Publishing Industry: 860thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,208thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1,268thMost Pro-Market: 1,567thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,747thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,259thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,645thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,057thLargest Insurance Industry: 4,064thMost Cultured: 4,961stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,126thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,278thLargest Black Market: 10,477thMost Inclusive: 13,930thNudest: 14,002ndTop
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Most Secular: 17,352ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,829th
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 8th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 22nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 22nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 36th in the regionMost Cultured: 39th in the regionTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 44th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 57th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, police struggle to solve crimes due to the lack of fingerprint records.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, tough diplomacy is often best handled with a nutcracker.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, the "boy who cried wolf" policy makes sick people reluctant to call an ambulance.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, shanty towns have formed around the newly rebuilt commercial district.
  • : Midlands lodged a message on the NationStates Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, the moral worth of national allies is judged by their GDP.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, Leader is too busy listening to praise to get any work done.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, Leader panders to nontraditional families.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, 90% of active duty MAF personnel have been laid off and replaced by robot kill-drones.
  • : Following new legislation in Midlands, children are often punished for the sins of the fathers.

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