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The Community of Thinking Machines

“We reject your reality and substitute our own”

Category: Anarchy
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Regional Influence: Hegemony

Location: Omniversal Giants Mark II


Thinking Machines

Population9.975 billion

CapitalThinking Machines City


The Community of Thinking Machines is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Vougnnad with a fair hand, and renowned for its smutty television, frequent executions, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 9.975 billion Thinking Machines live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, corrupt, liberal, pro-business individuals juggles the competing demands of Social Policy, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Thinking Machines City. Income tax is unheard of.

The all-consuming Thinking Machine economy, worth a remarkable 1,787 trillion Bits a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Retail, and Soda Sales. Average income is an impressive 179,151 Bits, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,528,725 per year while the poor average 3,684, a ratio of 415 to 1.

Employers may fire workers without giving any reason, nighttime sightings of raccoons sporting Circle-A patches and bandanna masks are on the rise, the nation's historic treasures have been sold off to Maxtopia's "Museum of Thinking Machine Artifacts That They're Too Stupid to Appreciate", and giant beards and handlebar moustaches are increasingly popular. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Thinking Machines's national animal is the Kraken, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Upliftism.

Thinking Machines is ranked 203,911th in the world and 2nd in Omniversal Giants Mark II for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring -18.71 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Highest Crime Rates: 407thMost Armed: 644thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 673rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 706thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 866thLargest Gambling Industry: 944thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 954thFattest Citizens: 1,012thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,079thRudest Citizens: 1,134thMost Avoided: 1,246thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,271stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,286thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,012thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,122ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,555thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,606thHighest Drug Use: 2,821stLargest Retail Industry: 3,148thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,751stLargest Mining Sector: 4,306thHighest Average Incomes: 8,458thHighest Economic Output: 8,595thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,696thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 10,937thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,916thMost Pro-Market: 14,034thMost Inclusive: 14,736thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,090thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,835thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16,157thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 17,193rd

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