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The Hive Mind of Testlandia

“Grr. Arg.”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Power

Location: Testregionia

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Testlandia

Population33.696 billion

CapitalTest City
LeaderMeridian Zero
FaithNeo-Violetism

Currencydenarius
Animal★★★ nautilus ★★★

The Hive Mind of Testlandia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Meridian Zero with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, compulsory vegetarianism, and pith helmet sales. The democratic population of 33.696 billion Testlandians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Test City. The average income tax rate is 75.4%.

The strong Testlandian economy, worth a remarkable 1,857 trillion denarii a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Tourism. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is 55,130 denarii, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

It is illegal to brush crumbs off your clothing outdoors, preschools put children down for naps with milk, cookies, and a gruesome story of vengeance, babies living in poverty are told to take responsibility for their own fortunes, and traumatised refugees have a full bedpan shoved into their hands along with their immigration papers. Crime is well under control, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Testlandia's national animal is the ★★★ nautilus ★★★, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Neo-Violetism.

Testlandia is ranked 99,833rd in the world and 31st in Testregionia for Most Extreme, scoring 15.7 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Top
1%
Largest Populations: 486thTop
5%
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,135thLargest Black Market: 4,087thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,206thBest Weather: 4,346thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,663rdHighest Economic Output: 6,286thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,530thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,774thMost Influential: 7,812thTop
10%
Most Cultured: 9,085thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,390thMost Rebellious Youth: 13,742ndMost Advanced Public Education: 14,003rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 14,073rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,774th
Top
5%
Most Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionTop
10%
Most Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionMost Stationary: 6th in the regionNicest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Testlandia's influence in Testregionia rose from "Powerbroker" to "Power".
  • : Testlandia's influence in Testregionia fell from "Power" to "Powerbroker".
  • : Testlandia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Following new legislation in Testlandia, traumatised refugees have a full bedpan shoved into their hands along with their immigration papers.
  • : Testlandia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Following new legislation in Testlandia, babies living in poverty are told to take responsibility for their own fortunes.
  • : Following new legislation in Testlandia, preschools put children down for naps with milk, cookies, and a gruesome story of vengeance.
  • : Following new legislation in Testlandia, it is illegal to brush crumbs off your clothing outdoors.
  • : Testlandia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Safest.
  • : Following new legislation in Testlandia, police detectives carry phrenology calipers as part of their standard kit.

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