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The Free Land of Shovels

“History upon digging”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The United Federations

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Shovels

Population1.452 billion

CapitalSpud

CurrencySpade
Animalmole

The Free Land of Shovels is a massive, safe nation, notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, keen interest in outer space, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 1.452 billion Shovelsinians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Spud. The average income tax rate is 43.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Shovelsian economy, worth 174 trillion Spades a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Soda Sales, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an impressive 120,425 Spades, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Grade school teachers mark homework with red "CITATION NEEDED" stamps, people find it hard to relate to soldiers because of the dehumanising masks they wear, the WhoTube comments section has gone strangely quiet, and there's a hole in the heart of every Shovelsian city. Crime is totally unknown. Shovels's national animal is the mole, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Shovels is ranked 31,213th in the world and 37th in The United Federations for Most Politically Free, scoring 75.62 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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5%
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 3,161stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,044thLargest Retail Industry: 4,101stRudest Citizens: 4,523rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,486thTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 8,565thMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,799thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,071stMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,966thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,117thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,269thLargest Mining Sector: 14,140thMost Inclusive: 14,150thMost Efficient Economies: 14,306thMost Developed: 14,819th
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5%
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionRudest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Shovels was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry and the Top 10% for Largest Mining Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Shovels, there's a hole in the heart of every Shovelsian city.
  • : Shovels was endorsed by The Utopian Asdian Empire of Dabberwocky.
  • : Shovels's influence in The United Federations rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : Shovels was endorsed by The People's Republic of Tropisca.
  • : Following new legislation in Shovels, the WhoTube comments section has gone strangely quiet.
  • : Following new legislation in Shovels, people find it hard to relate to soldiers because of the dehumanising masks they wear.
  • : Following new legislation in Shovels, grade school teachers mark homework with red "CITATION NEEDED" stamps.
  • : Following new legislation in Shovels, doctors spend more time writing sick notes than caring for the sick.
  • : Following new legislation in Shovels, workers tend to schedule naps during all-hands meetings.

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Endorsements Received: 3 » Vooperian Paradise, Tropisca, and Dabberwocky.

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