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The Experimental Technocracy of The University Project

“Mottos are bad for you”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The North Pacific

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The University Project

Population32.28 billion

Leaderslightly evil bearded man

Currencyoral favor
Animalwell-endowed magpie

The Experimental Technocracy of The University Project is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by slightly evil bearded man with an iron fist, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, infamous sell-swords, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 32.28 billion Earthlings are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Education, with Environment, Healthcare, and Administration also on the agenda, while Defense and International Aid aren't funded at all. The average income tax rate is 57.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Terran economy, worth a remarkable 8,982 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. 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 278,280 oral favors, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government seeks peaceful forum with terrorists, citizens who leave the country are officially classed as traitors, modelling agencies send their clients to work in nursing homes, and the government's economic policy can be summed up as "Abort, Retry, Fail?". Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. 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 80,291st in the world and 3,202nd in The North Pacific for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 2,373.58 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 10thMost Rebellious Youth: 41stMost Secular: 79thHealthiest Citizens: 172ndMost Developed: 241stLongest Average Lifespans: 266thSmartest Citizens: 287thLargest Black Market: 331stMost Stationary: 360thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 429thMost Beautiful Environments: 543rdHighest Economic Output: 621stMost Cultured: 752ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 883rdHighest Poor Incomes: 970thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,095thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,527thMost Inclusive: 1,567thMost Efficient Economies: 1,738thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,762ndLargest Populations: 1,894thTop
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Highest Crime Rates: 2,472ndHighest Average Incomes: 2,613thBest Weather: 2,897thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,335thRudest Citizens: 4,782ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,203rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,515thMost Armed: 8,844thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,856thMost Influential: 11,956thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,988thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 12,272ndLargest Governments: 12,642ndLargest Gambling Industry: 14,522ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,746thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17,556thMost Income Equality: 22,364th
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Developed: 14th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 14th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 16th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17th in the regionLargest Populations: 30th in the regionMost Cultured: 32nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 36th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 42nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 49th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 61st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 73rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 90th in the regionTop
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Most Inclusive: 103rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 106th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 114th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 118th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 152nd in the regionBest Weather: 186th in the regionRudest Citizens: 253rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 267th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 302nd in the regionMost Armed: 313th in the regionTop
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Largest Gambling Industry: 504th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 611th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 615th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 618th in the regionNudest: 622nd in the regionLargest Governments: 642nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 697th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, the government's economic policy can be summed up as "Abort, Retry, Fail?".
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, modelling agencies send their clients to work in nursing homes.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, citizens who leave the country are officially classed as traitors.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, the government seeks peaceful forum with terrorists.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, the GPS-tracked jogging routes of military personnel are a possible security risk.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, the doctor has cold hands.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, the police strictly enforce off-limit zones for tourists.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, the military maintains a fierce arsenal of 'Cure Missiles'.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, Terran watches are often the only thing to survive a disaster intact.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, praying before a battle is a court-martial offence.

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