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The Technological Singularity of 20XX

“BLIPPIN OUTA CONTROL”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Fair
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Hermit

Location: Scriptforge

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20XX

Population980 million

CapitalMilky Way
LeaderFox McCloud

CurrencyShinespike
AnimalFox

The Technological Singularity of 20XX is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Fox McCloud with an iron fist, and notable for its public floggings, complete absence of social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 980 million 20XXians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Milky Way. The average income tax rate is 51.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped 20XXian economy, worth 49.3 trillion Shinespikes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Tourism, and Pizza Delivery. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 50,328 Shinespikes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Real chickens replace rooster weather vanes on inner-city rooftop gardens, innocent defendants often plead guilty for fear of receiving a much harsher sentence before jury, the army's use of chemical weapons leaves a bad taste in the mouth, and the police are destroying all photographic evidence of their own existence. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. 20XX's national animal is the Fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

20XX is ranked 215,129th in the world and 1st in Scriptforge for Least Corrupt Governments, with 66.02 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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5%
Most Valuable International Artwork: 6,429thMost Devout: 7,654thTop
10%
Most Authoritarian: 13,484thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,810thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 21,921st

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 20XX was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : 20XX's influence in Scriptforge rose from "Hegemony" to "Hermit".
  • : 20XX lost WA Delegate status in Scriptforge.
  • : Following new legislation in 20XX, the police are destroying all photographic evidence of their own existence.
  • : Following new legislation in 20XX, the army's use of chemical weapons leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
  • : Following new legislation in 20XX, innocent defendants often plead guilty for fear of receiving a much harsher sentence before jury.
  • : Following new legislation in 20XX, real chickens replace rooster weather vanes on inner-city rooftop gardens.
  • : Following new legislation in 20XX, former gun owners are finding that brandishing paintball guns isn't as satisfying as the real thing.
  • : Following new legislation in 20XX, exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting.
  • : Following new legislation in 20XX, a cat may look at a king and a dude can look at an ass.

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