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The Schizophrenic states of New Bismuthium

“Hoots!” Hootsman

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Power

Location: The Guardians of Asgaard

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New Bismuthium

Population3.287 billion

CapitalAsgaard II
LeaderHootsman
FaithHoly winged blue scaled platypus

CurrencyChicken wings
AnimalPlatypus

The Schizophrenic states of New Bismuthium is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Hootsman with an even hand, and renowned for its ban on automobiles, soft-spoken computers, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 3.287 billion Vismuttis 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 large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Asgaard II. The average income tax rate is 91.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Vismuttian economy, worth 663 trillion Chicken wings 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched black market in Information Technology, Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. 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 amazing 201,782 Chicken wings, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Captains must wait until all rats are safe before jumping ship, it turns out that you actually can put a price on intangible cultural heritage, the government tries to improve relations with hostile countries by sending gift baskets, and friendly fire incidents usually result in severe burns. Crime is totally unknown. New Bismuthium's national animal is the Platypus, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Holy winged blue scaled platypus.

New Bismuthium is ranked 178,347th in the world and 2nd in The Guardians of Asgaard for Fattest Citizens, with 7.5 Obesity Rate.

Top
1%
Most Secular: 929thTop
5%
Most Rebellious Youth: 2,495thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,644thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3,156thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,263rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,040thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,139thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,224thMost Inclusive: 4,434thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,481stLargest Black Market: 4,493rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,501stLargest Publishing Industry: 4,971stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,224thMost Developed: 5,369thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,786thHighest Average Incomes: 6,111thSmartest Citizens: 6,201stMost Beautiful Environments: 6,682ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,817thRudest Citizens: 6,964thLargest Governments: 7,046thMost Cultured: 9,598thTop
10%
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,479thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,521stLongest Average Lifespans: 16,963rdMost Corrupt Governments: 17,671stMost Subsidized Industry: 19,261stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 20,154th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : New Bismuthium was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • : New Bismuthium was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : New Bismuthium was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : New Bismuthium was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : New Bismuthium voted for the World Assembly Resolution "International Criminal Protocol".
  • : New Bismuthium was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Following new legislation in New Bismuthium, friendly fire incidents usually result in severe burns.
  • : New Bismuthium was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector and Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : New Bismuthium was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.
  • : New Bismuthium was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport.

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