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The Borderlands of Nothreen


Category: Anarchy
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Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the South Pacific



Population4.444 billion


The Borderlands of Nothreen is a massive, socially progressive nation, renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, ubiquitous missile silos, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 4.444 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 aren't funded at all. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Nothreenian economy, worth a remarkable 1,430 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 Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 321,913 Noos, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,121,162 per year while the poor average 1,601, a ratio of 1,948 to 1.

Heart attacks are regarded as a coming of age ritual, blind students are at a disadvantage now that test papers printed in braille have been discontinued, abortions are routinely performed in the nation's hospitals, and governments opposing Nothreen are beset by rebels. 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 1,101st in the world and 20th in the South Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 11,984.1 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Rudest Citizens: 5thHighest Crime Rates: 35thMost Armed: 44thLargest Retail Industry: 52ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 68thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 72ndFattest Citizens: 106thMost Avoided: 153rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 163rdLargest Gambling Industry: 173rdMost Extreme: 239thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 291stMost Rebellious Youth: 299thMost Ignorant Citizens: 468thHighest Disposable Incomes: 501stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 559thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 560thMost Corrupt Governments: 793rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 839thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,029thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,101stHighest Drug Use: 1,278thHighest Average Incomes: 1,281stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1,285thLargest Mining Sector: 1,451stMost Politically Free: 1,607thTop
Most Pro-Market: 1,735thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,736thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,668thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,947thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,100thNudest: 6,227thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,162ndMost Efficient Economies: 8,457thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 8,739thHighest Economic Output: 9,653rdMost Inclusive: 9,769thLargest Agricultural Sector: 14,180th
Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionMost Politically Free: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 6th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 10th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 17th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 20th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 23rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 28th in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 80th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 103rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 145th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 158th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 161st in the regionNudest: 167th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 220th in the regionLargest Black Market: 251st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 270th in the regionMost Inclusive: 348th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 366th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 466th in the regionLargest Populations: 518th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, governments opposing Nothreen are beset by rebels.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, abortions are routinely performed in the nation's hospitals.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, blind students are at a disadvantage now that test papers printed in braille have been discontinued.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, heart attacks are regarded as a coming of age ritual.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, shouting contests are an important part of government job interviews.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, commercial jingles have been ham-handedly forced into world renowned symphonies.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, an aboriginal talking stick is used for leaders' debates at election time.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, the might of the entire Nothreenian Navy is focused on fifty bemused spear-throwing islanders.
  • : Following new legislation in Nothreen, disadvantaged neighbourhoods have become no-go areas after sundown.


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