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The Umbagarian Factbook

PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 3:23 am
by Umbagar
Umbagarian National Factbook

Umbagar is a modest, relatively conservative and libertarian society dedicated to giving its citizens and residents as many civil, economic, and political freedoms as possible. The government is truly owned by the people and serves them diligently. The small government size cuts down on wasted spending and taxes, while corruption of the government is all but impossible. Umbagar is also a pro-business nation which gives it a low unemployment rate and a high per-capita income.

Umbagar is a fairly mountainous region with over 400 kilometers of beautiful coastline. Umbagar is also rich in mineral resources, but the constant strip mining of large tracts of mountain has caused some environmental concern about mining practices. Umbagar’s rapid urbanization is shrinking the amount of forests in Umbagar, however the government has taken steps to turn much of the forests into nationally protected parks.
Location: Yggdrasil
Size: 815,946 km2
Climate: temperate
Average annual rainfall: 63 cm
Irrigated land: 26,702 km2 (stable)
Forested area: 102,821 km2 (shrinking)
Coastline: 483 km
Major resource deposits: iron, bauxite, copper, tin, zinc, lead, bismuth, manganese, petroleum, trout
Minor resource deposits: gold, silver, uranium, nickel, chromite, potassium, cobalt, sodium, natural gas, diamonds (trace)
Environmental issues: pollution, deforestation, erosion, recycling

Umbagar has a thriving economy, chiefly based on IT/computer manufacturing, cheese exports, and trout fishing. Thanks to low corporate tax, businesses have flocked to Umbagar, resulting in low unemployment and poverty rates and a strong currency. The nation’s high GDP and low inflation rate also add to its top international credit rating of AAA. Full and up to date economic statistics can be found here

Currency: Umbagarian Dollar (UD)
Exchange rate: 1 UD= 1.4186 USD
GDP: 10.51 trillion UD(growing)
GDP per capita: 18,356 UD (stable)
Residents below poverty line: 5.2% (stable)
Unemployment rate: 4.71% (stable)
Income tax rate: ~5% flat tax(fluctuates yearly)
Sales tax: 6%
Inflation rate: 0.8% (growing)
Government budget: 1.24 trillion UD (growing)
Government employees (excluding armed forces): >1% of workforce
Public debt: none
Private debt: reasonable
International Credit Rating: AAA
Major industries: IT/computer manufacturing, cheese production, trout fishing
Minor industries: mining, weapons manufacturing, agriculture, automobile manufacturing

Ancient Umbagar was a moderately powerful nation on the coast just north of what is now modern day Umbagar. Mainly a fishing society, Umbagar had very few warriors but was protected by its horde of gods. Also, the fact that it had mosquitoes that transmitted a deadly disease that most non-Umbagarians did not have a genetic immunity to might have helped just a little bit. (These mosquito have been totally eradicated today by the introduction of the purple striped mosquito spider into the eco-system, which eats three times its body weight daily in flying insects. On an unrelated note, tourists are welcome to take as many of the cute furry spiders as they can carry back to their home country, seeing as we have plenty of them near the coast. For those tourists afraid of spiders, the entire non-coastal area and southern coast are free of these creatures.)
The Middle Umbagarian Empire grew more in military power than its ancient counterpart, but it was eventually overrun by barbarian hordes exactly 444 years and 44 days after its first king was crowned. (For this reason the number 4 is considered unlucky in Umbagar’s Culture.) After the barbarians conquered the Umbagarian Empire, they looked around, went “meh” and left.
Then came the period of renaissance in the land of Umbagar, where some of the greatest artists in the history of the world ate shrooms and painted naked people. Many of these pieces can still be viewed behind 2 inches of bulletproof glass at one of Umbagar’s many museums. Also in this period, large cathedrals with massive vaulted ceilings were built, but many of them were tragically destroyed in the great bombing of Umbagar (see next paragraph).
For the next few hundred years Umbagar was a fairly non-descript country doing fairly non-descript things, until the series of five World Wars broke out, whereupon Umbagar started doing some barely-descript things. One of these was to remain neutral, but accept refugees and persecuted ethnic groups into its borders. However, one dark and stormy night during the fifth war, a secret bomber strike group led by someone whose name has been lost to history was blown off course and instead of hitting a country some 500 kilometers to the south accidentally bombed Umbagar’s coast, destroying thousands of years of historical buildings and artifacts. At this point, Umbagar had no choice but to join the war and with an army bolstered by hundreds of thousands of refugees, Umbagar tipped the scales and put an end to the world wars one and for all and also expanding its borders hundreds of kilometers.
However, just a year after the victorious Umbagar had forced an end to the wars, Umbagar’s president died in a suspiciously freak accident involving a structurally weak buttress, several tons of rock, and a pineapple upside down cake (don’t ask, it’s somewhat of a taboo subject).
In the subsequent power struggle, the National Socialist Party took control and so began a decade of oppression, terror, and driving crappy little cars with comical names. After the slaughter of more than 50 innocent wives and children of resistance fighters, the general populace rose in revolt, and after several bloody months, a new government was formed that was truly run by the people and respected the rights of the populace. And so Umbagar stands today as beacon of democracy in the world.

Umbagar has a strong, well trained, and well equipped military. The philosophy of the Umbagarian military is “quality over quantity” which is exemplified by its small but advanced Air Force made up almost entirely 5th generation fighter aircraft. The armed forces still maintain a surplus of soviet vehicles from the previous government in case they are needed to equip a large conscription force during war. The military’s policy on homosexual recruits is that it doesn’t matter as long as you can shoot straight. The armed forces headquarters in the the Septagon, a seven-sided five-story building located a few kilometers away from Umbagar City.

Branches: Army, National Guard, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Air Force, Space Defense Force
Total personnel (active, reserve, support): 1,224,600 (growing)
Total military spending: 524 billion UD(growing)
Military age: 17-35 (combat role) 17-62 (support role)
Men/women of combat age: 73 million
Men/women of support age: 249 million (overlaps with combat aged citizens)

Umbagar has a relatively small government compared to many other countries, which helps cut down on corruption and waste. The people are given as much freedom as reasonably possible, as well as freedom of speech and religion. Since the government is so small, it isn’t necessary to have states, but rather every city and its suburbs has its own city council which meets to discuss and solve local issues.

Official country name: The Free Land of Umbagar
Colloquial names: the FLU, Umbagar
Government type: representative democracy (United States based)
Government brand: New York Times Democracy
Constitution: amended United States Constitution
WA member: no
Capital city: Umbagar City
Administrative divisions: All cities and suburb groups have their own town councils to discuss local issues
Suffrage: 18 years of age, universal
National holidays: Independence Day (September 9th), Doughnut Day (January 27th)
National animal: Red Eagle
Official language: none
Official religion: none

The people of Umbagar are well educated and tolerant of all ethnicities and religions. The people in the cities have a reputation of being brusque, but they are generally polite and forthright. Ethnic celebrations are commonplace all over the country and you would be hard pressed to spend a month in Umbagar without seeing a party of ethnic pride in one form or another. Of course, this also results in Umbagar being the center of culinary delights, from a cheap, greasy take out to suave restaurants.

Population: 553 million
Age structure
0-14 years: 13.8%
15-64 years: 68.5%
65+ years: 17.7%
Average Age: 46 years old
Average lifespan: 73 years old
Age of consent: 16 years old
Population growth rate: 1.79%
Gender ratio: 0.98 males per female.
Literacy rate: 99.4%

Communications in Umbagar are extremely advanced with cell phone use and internet widespread. It is estimated that less than .001% (one thousandth of one percent) of Umbagarians do not have access to either phone or internet.

Voice communications: landlines, cell phones (most of country is covered in 3G, all major cities have 4G), satellite phones
Households with landlines: 93.8%
Population (over 15) with cellular phones: 97.6%
Population with regular internet access (including public libraries and 3G+ cellular phones): 91.7%
Households with televisions: 98.1%

Umbagar has a highly advanced transportation system, with well paved highways and modern railways. Inside the major cities, highly efficient mass transit systems transport tens of thousands people daily.

Airports: 416
Airports with paved runways: 312
Dedicated public heliports: 16
Railways: 58,183 km
Roadways: 252,291 km

Random Umbagarian Facts
(collected from Commend or Condemn archives)
In Umbagar, metro trains now have a small, heavily padded compartment added to the back of all carriages with no door. Commuters arriving just as the train is departing may,at their own risk, jump into the compartment as the train is leaving the station and enter the main cabin through a small door. This is expected to cut down on countless hours of wasted time waiting for the next train.
Umbagar has moved all of its public libraries and texts online, which has saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in library and book upkeep and has made access to books and literature that much easier.
In Umbagar, all museums that were started with government funds are required to be self sufficient and require no public subsidies otherwise they close down. The government will, however, provide interest free loans to stable museums to buy new exhibits.
In Umbagar, all high school kids are required to take a 3 hour gun safety and handling course.
In Umbagar, the government has officially set apart an island to be used as a large military port and secret base.
Umbagar has instituted a new annual public holiday called doughnut day, where all federal workers get an extra half hour for lunch to eat doughnuts.
Umbagar recently closed all publicly funded drug addict reformation centers. They got addicted, the taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for it.

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