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The Concordant Stratum of The Cypher Nine

“Each of us is a key”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: Forest

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The Cypher Nine

Population11.053 billion

CapitalCypher One - Administrative Block
LeaderCouncil Chairman Cypher One

CurrencyFulcrum
AnimalVoltaic Shark

The Concordant Stratum of The Cypher Nine is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Council Chairman Cypher One with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, state-planned economy, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 11.053 billion Cypherians 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 large, socially-minded government is primarily concerned with Education, although Healthcare, Environment, and Industry are also considered important, 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 99.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Cypher Ninean economy, worth a remarkable 2,824 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 255,565 Fulcrums, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The children of The Cypher Nine are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence, the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster, citizens have to dodge their neighbors' drones while getting the morning paper, and wealthy pranksters dump refuse on unsuspecting citizens from up high. 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 164th in the world and 2nd in Forest for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 1,484.5 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 100thMost Scientifically Advanced: 164thMost Advanced Public Education: 517thMost Secular: 564thMost Influential: 621stSmartest Citizens: 630thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 726thMost Beautiful Environments: 904thMost Developed: 927thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,045thBest Weather: 1,076thHealthiest Citizens: 1,107thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,363rdSafest: 1,403rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,418thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,422ndMost Pacifist: 1,485thLowest Crime Rates: 1,708thLargest Governments: 1,784thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,785thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,940thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,101stLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,247thMost Inclusive: 2,517thTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 2,701stMost Efficient Economies: 2,752ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,824thRudest Citizens: 3,140thHighest Food Quality: 3,201stHighest Average Incomes: 3,749thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,773rdNicest Citizens: 4,890thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,031stMost Subsidized Industry: 5,982ndHighest Economic Output: 6,314thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,884thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,418thTop
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Most Income Equality: 22,095thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 23,861st
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 12th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 13th in the regionMost Developed: 13th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Secular: 15th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 15th in the regionRudest Citizens: 16th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 18th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 20th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 21st in the regionSafest: 23rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 24th in the regionMost Influential: 25th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 26th in the regionLargest Governments: 28th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 28th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 29th in the regionMost Pacifist: 33rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 34th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 35th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Cypher Nine, wealthy pranksters dump refuse on unsuspecting citizens from up high.
  • : The Cypher Nine lodged a message on the Forest Regional Message Board.
  • : The Cypher Nine lodged a message on the Forest Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cypher Nine, citizens have to dodge their neighbors' drones while getting the morning paper.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cypher Nine, the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cypher Nine, the children of The Cypher Nine are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cypher Nine, posters on 'Cypher Ninean Values' advise against being proud of The Cypher Nine.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cypher Nine, school teachers check the staff room for hidden webcams before complaining about rebellious students.
  • : The Cypher Nine lodged a message on the Forest Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cypher Nine, the latest national park is visited by more sharks than people.

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