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The Free Lunch of PerpetualMotionMachine

“Something for nothing!”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Bad Science



Population37.43 billion


The Free Lunch of PerpetualMotionMachine is a gargantuan, safe nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical population of 37.43 billion PerpetualMotionMachineans are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Education, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 73.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but underdeveloped PerpetualMotionMachinean economy, worth 780 trillion sprockets 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 slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Woodchip Exports, Soda Sales, Arms Manufacturing, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. 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 20,861 sprockets, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Organ donation rates are among the lowest in the region and citizens are enjoying a recent large cut in taxes. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. PerpetualMotionMachine's national animal is the rube, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

PerpetualMotionMachine is ranked 148,638th in the world and 7th in Bad Science for Most Secular, with 16.63 Atheism Rate.

Most Stationary: 25thLargest Populations: 385thTop
Most Influential: 6,735thTop
Largest Black Market: 11,695thMost Authoritarian: 13,827thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,337th
Most Stationary: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the region

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