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The Borderlands of Nothreen


Category: Anarchy
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Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the South Pacific



Population6.036 billion


The Borderlands of Nothreen is a colossal, socially progressive nation, notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, daily referendums, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 6.036 billion Nothreenians 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, with Defense also on the agenda, while Law & Order and Environment receive no funds. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Nothreenian economy, worth a remarkable 2,220 trillion Noos a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Soda Sales, Gambling, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 367,916 Noos, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,646,624 per year while the poor average 16,473, a ratio of 160 to 1.

Global anti-terrorist organisations strongly suspect Nothreen of supplying extremist groups, Nothreenian politics is literally a blood sport, half of the nation's import/export industry is run from a location known only as 'Dead Man's Cove', and grannies get pulled over for knitting pullovers while driving. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Nothreen's national animal is the dove, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Nothreen is ranked 6,344th in the world and 206th in the South Pacific for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 6,353.38 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Rudest Citizens: 2ndHighest Crime Rates: 22ndMost Armed: 22ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 34thLargest Retail Industry: 35thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 40thFattest Citizens: 74thLargest Gambling Industry: 91stMost Avoided: 108thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 182ndMost Rebellious Youth: 196thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 306thMost Ignorant Citizens: 310thMost Extreme: 312thHighest Disposable Incomes: 337thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 436thMost Corrupt Governments: 487thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 538thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 716thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 732ndHighest Average Incomes: 1,008thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,013thLargest Mining Sector: 1,024thHighest Drug Use: 1,260thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1,290thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,308thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,384thMost Politically Free: 1,586thMost Pro-Market: 1,711thTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,605thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,962ndMost Efficient Economies: 3,206thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,997thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,991stLargest Insurance Industry: 6,344thHighest Economic Output: 6,435thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,887thNudest: 8,438thMost Inclusive: 9,749thTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 14,682ndLargest Black Market: 15,517thMost Stationary: 16,550thMost Influential: 19,083rd
Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionMost Politically Free: 6th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 9th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 12th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 13th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 19th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 19th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 23rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 30th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 35th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 37th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 51st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 60th in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 83rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 94th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 114th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 128th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 136th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 206th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 242nd in the regionNudest: 277th in the regionMost Stationary: 301st in the regionMost Inclusive: 333rd in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 408th in the regionLargest Populations: 452nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 533rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, grannies get pulled over for knitting pullovers while driving.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, half of the nation's import/export industry is run from a location known only as 'Dead Man's Cove'.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, Nothreenian politics is literally a blood sport.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, global anti-terrorist organisations strongly suspect Nothreen of supplying extremist groups.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, both vegetables and viruses are often smuggled across the border.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, card collectors duel to the death.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, heartwarming sentiments are even hotter now.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, Leader's webseries about the alleged hauntings of Nothreen City generates millions of views.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, the consent form for routine blood pressure measurement has been nominated for the 'Novel Of The Year' award.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, belligerent citizens shoot at passing clouds for 'violating their airspace'.


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