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The Technocracy of The Clockwork Republic

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Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific


The Clockwork Republic

Population11.411 billion

LeaderClockwork Android Prototype


The Technocracy of The Clockwork Republic is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Clockwork Android Prototype with a fair hand, and renowned for its soft-spoken computers, complete lack of prisons, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 11.411 billion Clockwork Republicians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, although Environment, Welfare, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cogwheel. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Clockwork Republician economy, worth a remarkable 3,673 trillion Cogs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an amazing 321,886 Cogs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens are deployed to barren deserts to protect small territorial claims, vaccinations are mandatory, the nation is completely gun-free, and animal liberationists receive government funding to break into animal research labs. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Clockwork Republic's national animal is the Crow, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Clockwork Republic is ranked 56,664th in the world and 2,334th in the South Pacific for Most Politically Free, scoring 72.57 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Most Inclusive: 13thLeast Corrupt Governments: 31stMost Compassionate Citizens: 36thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 47thNicest Citizens: 51stMost Pacifist: 55thMost Advanced Public Education: 74thLargest Welfare Programs: 78thSafest: 80thMost Developed: 89thMost Secular: 91stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 94thLongest Average Lifespans: 104thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 105thSmartest Citizens: 106thHealthiest Citizens: 117thHighest Average Tax Rates: 121stMost Beautiful Environments: 137thMost Advanced Public Transport: 167thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 173rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 175thLargest Governments: 178thLowest Crime Rates: 225thMost Cultured: 225thBest Weather: 271stLargest Information Technology Sector: 300thMost Scientifically Advanced: 335thHighest Poor Incomes: 347thMost Cheerful Citizens: 548thMost Efficient Economies: 875thMost Subsidized Industry: 908thHighest Average Incomes: 1,577thTop
Highest Economic Output: 3,072ndLargest Publishing Industry: 3,616thMost Stationary: 6,907thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,140thTop
Most Influential: 12,575thMost Income Equality: 13,322ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14,083rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,618th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 6th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 7th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 10th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 13th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 14th in the regionBest Weather: 15th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 18th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 20th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 31st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 44th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 56th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 90th in the regionMost Stationary: 138th in the regionLargest Populations: 241st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 291st in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 421st in the regionMost Income Equality: 587th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 628th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Clockwork Republic, animal liberationists receive government funding to break into animal research labs.
  • : Following new legislation in The Clockwork Republic, the nation is completely gun-free.
  • : Following new legislation in The Clockwork Republic, vaccinations are mandatory.
  • : Following new legislation in The Clockwork Republic, citizens are deployed to barren deserts to protect small territorial claims.
  • : Following new legislation in The Clockwork Republic, the most popular WhoTube videos are ones featuring parodies of iconic songs.
  • : The Clockwork Republic was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Liberal Democratic Socialists".
  • : Following new legislation in The Clockwork Republic, anti-government web sites are springing up.
  • : Following new legislation in The Clockwork Republic, traffic cops spend most of their work-hours calculating citizens' monthly income.
  • : Following new legislation in The Clockwork Republic, the bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Cogwheel.
  • : Following new legislation in The Clockwork Republic, sales of disinfectant wipes have skyrocketed.


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