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The Queendom of Cognitum


Category: Mother Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Duckspeaker

Location: The Trunk of a Pontiac Tempest



Population9.077 billion

Animalbiomass scorpion

The Queendom of Cognitum is a colossal, orderly nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, public floggings, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-working, cynical population of 9.077 billion Cognitumians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Administration. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 20.3%.

The very strong Cognitumian economy, worth 699 trillion bitcoins a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 77,079 bitcoins, with the richest citizens earning 9.7 times as much as the poorest.

CDs are regularly copy-protected, citizens are bombarded with advertising from their compulsory miniature radios, all government facilities are built in the subterranean citadel of Cognitum City, and any citizen who cries is immediately assigned a psychiatrist. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cognitum's national animal is the biomass scorpion, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Cognitum is ranked 130,140th in the world and 31st in The Trunk of a Pontiac Tempest for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 20.29 Effective Tax Rate.

Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 17,118th
Most Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the region

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