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The Too-Well-Hidden Bunker of Podium

“Sorry 'bout that. Nasty flu, eh?” Michael Talberg

Category: Left-Leaning College State
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Page

Location: the West Pacific

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Podium

Population4.233 billion

CapitalEighburn
LeaderMichael Talberg

Currencypoint
Animalsergal

The Too-Well-Hidden Bunker of Podium is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Michael Talberg with an even hand, and renowned for its frequent executions, keen interest in outer space, and unlimited-speed roads. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 4.233 billion Poduminians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The medium-sized, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Eighburn. The average income tax rate is 67.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Poduminian economy, worth 753 trillion points a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 178,040 points, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The new 'Things We Stole From Other Countries' exhibition at the National Museum of Antiquities is a hit, family isn't who you're born with but who you abandon in foreign countries, small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome, and engineers preemptively order lawyers after every power cut. Crime is totally unknown. Podium's national animal is the sergal, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Podium is ranked 134,244th in the world and 1,002nd in the West Pacific for Largest Black Market, with 205 billion Standard Monetary Units.

Top
1%
Largest Agricultural Sector: 1,811thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,376thTop
5%
Rudest Citizens: 2,683rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,412thMost Inclusive: 3,554thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,765thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,774thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,078thSmartest Citizens: 4,304thMost Cultured: 4,424thMost Influential: 4,493rdMost Developed: 4,865thMost Secular: 6,046thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,588thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,626thHighest Average Incomes: 9,140thHealthiest Citizens: 10,038thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,988thMost Efficient Economies: 11,198thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,898thTop
10%
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,566thNicest Citizens: 13,146thLargest Governments: 14,342ndMost Rebellious Youth: 14,365thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,836thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,491stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,771stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17,117thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,991stLowest Crime Rates: 21,529thSafest: 22,634th
Top
1%
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 48th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 50th in the regionTop
5%
Rudest Citizens: 68th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 75th in the regionMost Inclusive: 82nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 86th in the regionMost Cultured: 95th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 99th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 100th in the regionMost Developed: 114th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 136th in the regionMost Influential: 151st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 155th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 167th in the regionMost Secular: 170th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 178th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 199th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 215th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 249th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 255th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 263rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 265th in the regionLargest Governments: 267th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 269th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 292nd in the regionTop
10%
Most Advanced Public Education: 301st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 303rd in the regionNudest: 310th in the regionNicest Citizens: 323rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 339th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 379th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 435th in the regionLargest Populations: 501st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 513th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 543rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 546th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Podium was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans and the Top 10% for Safest.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, engineers preemptively order lawyers after every power cut.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, family isn't who you're born with but who you abandon in foreign countries.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, the new 'Things We Stole From Other Countries' exhibition at the National Museum of Antiquities is a hit.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, citizens must inform the government each time they have a haircut.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, autopsies often involve only cursory examination.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, government theft from poor artists to give to rich allies has been dubbed the "reverse Robin Hood" policy.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework.
  • : Following new legislation in Podium, 50% of adverts on children's television are for clothes made of cotton wool.

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