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The Great Unwashed Masses of Polkstreet

“No Plan Survives First Contact”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Dominator

Location: HiberNationStates

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Polkstreet

Population31.857 billion

CapitalShangri-la
LeaderPolky

Currencywhoopie
Animalaccordion

The Great Unwashed Masses of Polkstreet is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Polky with an even hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, smutty television, and national health service. The compassionate, democratic population of 31.857 billion Polkstreeters have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous government 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 96.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Polkstreetian economy, worth a remarkable 4,033 trillion whoopies a year, is highly specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Tourism, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 126,613 whoopies, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Child labor has been outlawed, the government denies that it has an agency overseeing plausible deniability of black-ops agencies, parents who reward their teens' chores with concert tickets are charged with illegal reselling, and third world countries are rich in "I Love Shangri-la" t-shirts. 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 20,176th in the world and 1st in HiberNationStates for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 238.76 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Top
1%
Largest Populations: 1,252ndSafest: 1,416thTop
5%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,707thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,775thMost Stationary: 1,798thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,913thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,040thHighest Economic Output: 2,132ndMost Developed: 3,057thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,104thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,202ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,206thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,305thLowest Crime Rates: 3,452ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,649thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,816thMost Cultured: 4,587thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,034thBest Weather: 5,041stHealthiest Citizens: 5,076thSmartest Citizens: 5,256thLargest Governments: 5,264thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,239thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,510thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,981stMost Pacifist: 7,070thMost Inclusive: 7,369thMost Influential: 7,493rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,808thMost Rebellious Youth: 8,268thNicest Citizens: 8,308thTop
10%
Highest Poor Incomes: 9,756thLeast Corrupt Governments: 14,636thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,697thMost Efficient Economies: 15,700th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Polkstreet, third world countries are rich in "I Love Shangri-la" t-shirts.
  • : Polkstreet voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Sterilisation of Minors etc".
  • : Following new legislation in Polkstreet, parents who reward their teens' chores with concert tickets are charged with illegal reselling.
  • : Following new legislation in Polkstreet, the government denies that it has an agency overseeing plausible deniability of black-ops agencies.
  • : Polkstreet was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nicest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Polkstreet, child labor has been outlawed.
  • : Following new legislation in Polkstreet, sermons are regularly interrupted by businessmen taking phone calls.
  • : Following new legislation in Polkstreet, most barbers are also surgeons.
  • : Following new legislation in Polkstreet, bris parties are all the rage.
  • : Following new legislation in Polkstreet, politicians "baring all" for the camera isn't always a figure of speech.

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