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The Cybernetic Utopia of Steampunk Ariel

“I find your lack of thingamabobs disturbing.” S'C'U'T'T'L'E

Category: Left-Leaning College State
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The North Pacific

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Steampunk Ariel

Population4.548 billion

CapitalAtlantica
LeaderS'C'U'T'T'L'E
FaithAnimism

Currencyseashell
Animalclockwork crayon ponyfish

The Cybernetic Utopia of Steampunk Ariel is a massive, genial nation, ruled by S'C'U'T'T'L'E with an even hand, and remarkable for its state-planned economy, restrictive gun laws, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 4.548 billion Cybernetic Mermaids enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The large, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Atlantica. The average income tax rate is 73.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Cybernetic economy, worth 535 trillion seashells 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 Tourism, Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. 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 an impressive 117,833 seashells, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Politicians have to be granted day-release from prison to speak on bills, aeroplane cockpits no longer have altimeters or airspeed indicators, droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police, and students are known to arrive at school in their pyjamas. Crime is totally unknown. Steampunk Ariel's national animal is the clockwork crayon ponyfish, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Animism.

Steampunk Ariel is ranked 9,654th in the world and 543rd in The North Pacific for Most Beautiful Environments, with 1,647.89 Pounds Of Wildlife Per Square Mile.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 63rdMost Influential: 277thMost Valuable International Artwork: 465thTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 3,760thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,715thMost Cultured: 7,407thLargest Retail Industry: 7,614thNicest Citizens: 8,183rdMost Pacifist: 8,223rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,512thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,555thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,654thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,955thMost Devout: 10,537thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,643rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,759thTop
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Most Inclusive: 12,433rdMost Efficient Economies: 12,446thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,555thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,411thBest Weather: 14,968thMost Developed: 15,162ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,232ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,581stHighest Drug Use: 15,845thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,434thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 17,024thLargest Black Market: 17,728thSmartest Citizens: 18,156thLargest Governments: 24,191stHighest Average Incomes: 24,402nd
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 54th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 59th in the regionMost Influential: 88th in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 180th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 194th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 257th in the regionMost Cultured: 373rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 409th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 424th in the regionMost Devout: 438th in the regionNicest Citizens: 457th in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 479th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 529th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 543rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 572nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 609th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 659th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 665th in the regionLargest Black Market: 705th in the regionNudest: 721st in the regionMost Stationary: 747th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 747th in the regionMost Inclusive: 750th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 755th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 816th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 817th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 837th in the regionBest Weather: 853rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 857th in the regionRudest Citizens: 863rd in the regionMost Developed: 863rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 882nd in the region

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