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The Holy Empire of North Insomnia

“Hear me roar”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The East Pacific

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North Insomnia

Population4.535 billion

CapitalHeadachent
LeaderMad Loser
Faithourselves

Currencypiastre
Animaldragon

The Holy Empire of North Insomnia is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Mad Loser with a fair hand, and renowned for its otherworldly petting zoo, state-planned economy, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 4.535 billion North Insomnians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Headachent. The average income tax rate is 97.3%.

The frighteningly efficient North Insomnian economy, worth 855 trillion piastres a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 188,703 piastres, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome, children as young as twelve are conscripted into the armed forces, animal liberationists receive government funding to break into animal research labs, and court cases mostly involve lawyers shouting questions at witnesses giving silent shrugs. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. North Insomnia's national animal is the dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is ourselves.

North Insomnia is ranked 3,113th in the world and 84th in The East Pacific for Largest Governments, scoring 46.1 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 594thMost Compassionate Citizens: 621stNicest Citizens: 629thMost Cultured: 708thMost Inclusive: 778thMost Beautiful Environments: 822ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 835thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 895thBest Weather: 1,126thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,215thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,317thMost Pacifist: 1,325thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,469thMost Developed: 1,620thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,656thSmartest Citizens: 2,045thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,214thTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 2,263rdHealthiest Citizens: 2,557thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,797thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,826thLargest Governments: 3,113thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,129thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,146thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,199thMost Influential: 3,246thSafest: 3,555thLowest Crime Rates: 3,908thMost Efficient Economies: 6,478thHighest Average Incomes: 7,428thMost Secular: 8,538thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,883rdMost Subsidized Industry: 9,947thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 13,064thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,872ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 19,501stHighest Economic Output: 20,075thMost Stationary: 22,285th
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Nicest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 15th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 19th in the regionMost Cultured: 19th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 23rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 24th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 29th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 33rd in the regionBest Weather: 34th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 40th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 41st in the regionMost Developed: 45th in the regionMost Pacifist: 45th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 56th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 59th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 67th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 69th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 74th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 76th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 82nd in the regionLargest Governments: 84th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 103rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 104th in the regionSafest: 109th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 151st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 167th in the regionMost Influential: 190th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 204th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 238th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 290th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 301st in the regionMost Secular: 302nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 341st in the regionNudest: 391st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 395th in the regionMost Stationary: 410th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 543rd in the regionLargest Populations: 676th in the regionRudest Citizens: 678th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 729th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in North Insomnia, court cases mostly involve lawyers shouting questions at witnesses giving silent shrugs.
  • : Following new legislation in North Insomnia, animal liberationists receive government funding to break into animal research labs.
  • : Following new legislation in North Insomnia, children as young as twelve are conscripted into the armed forces.
  • : Following new legislation in North Insomnia, small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome.
  • : North Insomnia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Following new legislation in North Insomnia, lobster tastes best when it is red.
  • : Following new legislation in North Insomnia, the nation is currently revamping its entire education system.
  • : Following new legislation in North Insomnia, cigarettes are dead-cheap.
  • : Following new legislation in North Insomnia, counselors diagnose their clients with motherboard complexes.
  • : North Insomnia was reclassified from "New York Times Democracy" to "Liberal Democratic Socialists".

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