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The Queendom of Thorvel

“In the name of God, On guard !” Marie III

Category: Conservative Democracy
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Forest

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Thorvel

Population18.092 billion

CapitalJensigaršr
LeaderMarie III
FaithMedieval roman catholicism

CurrencyGolden crown
Animalhorse

The Queendom of Thorvel is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Marie III with a fair hand, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, ban on automobiles, and zero percent divorce rate. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 18.092 billion Thorvelers are known throughout the region for their efficiency and work ethic, as well as their general suspicion of leisure.

The minute, corrupt government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Administration, with Social Policy and Healthcare not funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Jensigaršr. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Thorveler economy, worth a remarkable 2,998 trillion Golden crowns a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is highly specialized and led by the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with significant contributions from Cheese Exports, Basket Weaving, and Trout Farming. Average income is an impressive 165,727 Golden crowns, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 782,625 per year while the poor average 20,796, a ratio of 37.6 to 1.

Insanely good theatre productions face government censorship, the government is giving peace a chance, cheese has become the new icon of political dissent, and street preachers sell salvation with a side order of shame on every corner. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Thorvel's national animal is the horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Medieval roman catholicism.

Thorvel is ranked 276,569th in the world and 341st in Forest for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring -22.89 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1stLargest Agricultural Sector: 2ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6thMost Devout: 9thMost Primitive: 17thMost Ignorant Citizens: 19thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 147thFattest Citizens: 234thRudest Citizens: 255thBest Weather: 471stMost Beautiful Environments: 597thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 737thMost Cultured: 796thMost Patriotic: 1,692ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,371stTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 3,344thMost Efficient Economies: 3,540thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,019thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,484thHighest Economic Output: 5,844thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,131stMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,490thMost Stationary: 12,195thHighest Average Incomes: 12,273rdTop
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Most Influential: 14,764thLargest Populations: 14,820thMost Corrupt Governments: 20,436thLargest Black Market: 27,642nd
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Patriotic: 6th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Cultured: 14th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16th in the regionBest Weather: 17th in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 21st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 21st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 24th in the regionMost Stationary: 34th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Thorvel, street preachers sell salvation with a side order of shame on every corner.
  • : Following new legislation in Thorvel, cheese has become the new icon of political dissent.
  • : Following new legislation in Thorvel, the government is giving peace a chance.
  • : Following new legislation in Thorvel, insanely good theatre productions face government censorship.
  • : Following new legislation in Thorvel, cheese lovers have a case of the bleus.
  • : Following new legislation in Thorvel, military funding has been stripped back.
  • : Following new legislation in Thorvel, decreased demand for toilets is saving the prison service a lot of money.
  • : Following new legislation in Thorvel, the Jensigaršr Prison Revue puts on a better stage show than anything in the Theatre District.
  • : Following new legislation in Thorvel, the government is attempting to revitalize a gutted private sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Thorvel, schoolchildren are divided over Marie III's "Why Tigers are Cooler than Lions" speech.

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