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The Experimental Technocracy of The University Project

“Mottos are bad for you”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The North Pacific

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The University Project

Population30.62 billion

Leaderslightly evil bearded man

Currencyoral favor
Animalwell-endowed magpie

The Experimental Technocracy of The University Project is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by slightly evil bearded man with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, complete lack of prisons, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 30.62 billion Earthlings are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Education, although Environment, Healthcare, and Public Transport are also considered important, while Defense and International Aid aren't funded at all. The average income tax rate is 85.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Terran economy, worth a remarkable 8,482 trillion oral favors 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, highly specialized black market in Information Technology 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 amazing 277,040 oral favors, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Terrorists are on a first name basis with the officials that stamp their passports, foreign leaders with unpaid parking tickets are often refused entry, saying "don't do anything that slightly evil bearded man wouldn't do" doesn't exclude a great deal, and an opal a day keeps the negative thoughts at bay. Crime is totally unknown. The University Project's national animal is the well-endowed magpie, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

The University Project is ranked 10,440th in the world and 471st in The North Pacific for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 85.62 Effective Tax Rate.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 41stMost Rebellious Youth: 45thMost Secular: 51stHealthiest Citizens: 148thMost Developed: 200thSmartest Citizens: 211thLongest Average Lifespans: 219thMost Stationary: 379thLargest Black Market: 391stMost Advanced Public Education: 452ndMost Beautiful Environments: 480thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 494thLargest Publishing Industry: 561stHighest Economic Output: 617thMost Cultured: 796thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,013thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,045thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,071stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,359thMost Efficient Economies: 1,417thMost Inclusive: 1,444thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,584thLargest Populations: 1,937thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 2,118thBest Weather: 2,366thHighest Average Incomes: 2,504thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,840thRudest Citizens: 4,580thLargest Governments: 5,582ndLargest Welfare Programs: 6,957thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 10,440thMost Influential: 11,677thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14,308thHighest Drug Use: 15,830thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,994th
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Most Secular: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 10th in the regionLargest Black Market: 12th in the regionMost Developed: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 13th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 21st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 30th in the regionLargest Populations: 32nd in the regionMost Cultured: 37th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 49th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 50th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 53rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 73rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 75th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 79th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 82nd in the regionTop
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Most Inclusive: 94th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 123rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 142nd in the regionBest Weather: 155th in the regionRudest Citizens: 251st in the regionLargest Governments: 290th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 315th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 318th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 471st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 558th in the regionNudest: 560th in the regionMost Armed: 793rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, an opal a day keeps the negative thoughts at bay.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, saying "don't do anything that slightly evil bearded man wouldn't do" doesn't exclude a great deal.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, foreign leaders with unpaid parking tickets are often refused entry.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, terrorists are on a first name basis with the officials that stamp their passports.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, many whiskies taste suspiciously like automobile radiators.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, the government has adopted a "Lightning Never Strikes Twice" approach to dealing with natural disasters.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, people who stay late at the office often come home to find their own funeral being planned.
  • : The University Project was reclassified from "Corrupt Dictatorship" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, the The University Project City Film Festival recently voted 'Earthling Getting Hit By Football' as best film.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, psychiatrists that date patients are congratulated on their romantic conquests.

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