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The Great Unwashed Masses of Polkstreet

“No Plan Survives First Contact”

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

Regional Influence: Dominator

Location: HiberNationStates

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Polkstreet

Population33.399 billion

CapitalShangri-la
LeaderPolky

Currencywhoopie
Animalaccordion

The Great Unwashed Masses of Polkstreet is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Polky with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, national health service, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 33.399 billion Polkstreeters are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shangri-la. The average income tax rate is 97.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Polkstreetian economy, worth a remarkable 4,566 trillion whoopies a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an impressive 136,712 whoopies, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Televangelists flaunt their expensive cars when they attend charity events, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb, on graduation day the hats thrown in the air fly high enough to stun passing pigeons, and ambulances aren't allowed to overtake hearses. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Polkstreet's national animal is the accordion, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Polkstreet is ranked 1,199th in the world and 1st in HiberNationStates for Safest, scoring 151.1 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

Top
1%
Safest: 1,199thLargest Populations: 1,219thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,247thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,426thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,433rdMost Stationary: 1,687thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,983rdHighest Economic Output: 2,081stTop
5%
Most Developed: 2,400thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,416thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,420thLowest Crime Rates: 2,678thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,823rdLongest Average Lifespans: 3,262ndBest Weather: 3,455thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,621stMost Cultured: 3,655thHealthiest Citizens: 3,843rdSmartest Citizens: 3,970thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,004thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,086thLargest Governments: 4,132ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,859thMost Inclusive: 6,870thNicest Citizens: 6,975thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,695thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,728thMost Influential: 8,659thMost Pacifist: 10,460thTop
10%
Most Rebellious Youth: 10,766thMost Efficient Economies: 11,931stHighest Poor Incomes: 12,925thMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,278thHighest Average Incomes: 16,857thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,059thNudest: 20,076th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Polkstreet was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "Democratic Socialists".
  • : Polkstreet was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Polkstreet, ambulances aren't allowed to overtake hearses.
  • : Following new legislation in Polkstreet, on graduation day the hats thrown in the air fly high enough to stun passing pigeons.
  • : Polkstreet voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Australian rePublic".
  • : Polkstreet voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Fair Arbitration Act".
  • : Following new legislation in Polkstreet, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb.
  • : Polkstreet was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Polkstreet, televangelists flaunt their expensive cars when they attend charity events.
  • : Following new legislation in Polkstreet, hospitals are amongst the best-funded in the region.

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