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The Concordant Stratum of The Cypher Nine

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Category: Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: Forest


The Cypher Nine

Population8.14 billion

CapitalCypher One - Administrative Block
LeaderCouncil Chairman Cypher One

AnimalVoltaic Shark

The Concordant Stratum of The Cypher Nine is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Council Chairman Cypher One with a fair hand, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, absence of drug laws, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 8.14 billion Cypherians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government is primarily concerned with Education, with Healthcare, Environment, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cypher One - Administrative Block. The average income tax rate is 97.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Cypher Ninean economy, worth a remarkable 1,853 trillion Fulcrums 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 Tourism. Average income is an amazing 227,720 Fulcrums, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Halberds are common 18th birthday presents, the government has instituted 'traveller reservations' across the country, solving crossword puzzles requires fluency in at least five languages, and it's been a banner year for local vexillology. Crime is totally unknown. The Cypher Nine's national animal is the Voltaic Shark, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

The Cypher Nine is ranked 31,375th in the world and 76th in Forest for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 267,116 Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Information Technology Sector: 156thMost Scientifically Advanced: 259thMost Advanced Public Education: 834thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 847thSmartest Citizens: 879thMost Valuable International Artwork: 899thMost Developed: 1,095thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,302ndLongest Average Lifespans: 1,309thHealthiest Citizens: 1,318thMost Secular: 1,335thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,485thBest Weather: 1,509thMost Influential: 1,583rdSafest: 1,679thMost Pacifist: 1,778thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,998thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,102ndLowest Crime Rates: 2,277thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 2,595thLargest Governments: 2,632ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,902ndRudest Citizens: 2,904thMost Inclusive: 2,957thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,996thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,563rdMost Rebellious Youth: 3,765thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,850thMost Efficient Economies: 3,884thHighest Average Incomes: 4,554thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,919thNicest Citizens: 7,286thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,852ndHighest Economic Output: 9,113thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,144thTop
Most Cultured: 17,098thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 21,202nd
Most Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 14th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 15th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 17th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 18th in the regionMost Developed: 18th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 22nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 23rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 23rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 24th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 26th in the regionSafest: 32nd in the regionMost Influential: 34th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 35th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 35th in the regionLargest Governments: 36th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 38th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 40th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 41st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 41st in the regionMost Pacifist: 41st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 44th in the region

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