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The Borderlands of Thistledom

“Sit down, shut up, and drink your tea.”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Envoy

Location: Haiku

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Thistledom

Population30.118 billion

CapitalNew London
LeaderThistle

Currencyeuro
Animallynx

The Borderlands of Thistledom is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Thistle with an iron fist, and remarkable for its frequent executions, strictly enforced bedtime, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 30.118 billion citizen of Thistledoms are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Law & Order, although Defense and Healthcare are also considered important, while Welfare and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New London. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.5%.

The frighteningly efficient citizen of Thistledom economy, worth a remarkable 7,316 trillion euros a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an amazing 242,931 euros, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,005,286 per year while the poor average 38,541, a ratio of 26.1 to 1.

Alcoholics are lauded as national benefactors within the halls of the Ministry of Finance, the nation is loathed abroad for dumping all of its waste in international waters, male cubicle workers stand up every time a woman enters the room, and attendance of fathers at PTA meetings is at an all-time high. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. Thistledom's national animal is the lynx, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Thistledom is ranked 19,169th in the world and 10th in Haiku for Most Influential, scoring 1,465 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Top
1%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 358thHighest Economic Output: 691stLargest Insurance Industry: 708thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 976thLowest Crime Rates: 1,112thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,163rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,219thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,232ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,245thMost Secular: 1,263rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,277thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,432ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,477thLargest Mining Sector: 1,498thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,525thTop
5%
Largest Populations: 1,661stLargest Retail Industry: 2,096thMost Efficient Economies: 2,120thMost Avoided: 2,228thHighest Average Incomes: 3,138thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,321stLargest Black Market: 3,922ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,646thSafest: 6,096thLargest Gambling Industry: 7,309thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,770thTop
10%
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 8,280thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,945thLargest Governments: 9,192ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11,272ndMost Stationary: 11,767thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12,076thLargest Agricultural Sector: 14,969thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,407th
Top
5%
Most Secular: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionTop
10%
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Thistledom was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Thistledom was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Thistledom was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector and the Top 10% for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Thistledom was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Thistledom was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Thistledom was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector.
  • : Thistledom was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector.
  • : Thistledom was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector and Largest Mining Sector.
  • : Thistledom was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Thistledom was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector.

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