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The Transhuman Hive of Turbeaux

“Not only does God play dice, the dice are loaded.” Chairman Sheng-ji Yang

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Political Freedoms:
Widely Abused

Regional Influence: Duckspeaker

Location: Forest



Population6.065 billion

LeaderChairman Sheng-ji Yang
FaithQuantum Mechanics

Animalmind worm

The Transhuman Hive of Turbeaux is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Chairman Sheng-ji Yang with a fair hand, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, smutty television, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 6.065 billion Transhumans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, corrupt, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nacelle. The average income tax rate is 99.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Transhuman economy, worth a remarkable 2,345 trillion turbines 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, quite specialized black market in Information Technology, Book Publishing, Tourism, and Soda Sales. 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 386,788 turbines, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Male cubicle workers stand up every time a woman enters the room, a degree in Chairman Sheng-ji Yang Science with a Minor in Awesomeology starts many political careers, civil servants are no longer allowed to cross their t's, and the nation is experiencing a severe shortage of sporting events. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Turbeaux's national animal is the mind worm, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Quantum Mechanics.

Turbeaux is ranked 165,022nd in the world and 309th in Forest for Most Pro-Market, scoring -54.22 on the Rand Index.

Most Advanced Public Education: 73rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 100thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 102ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 126thRudest Citizens: 173rdMost Inclusive: 226thLargest Welfare Programs: 250thMost Rebellious Youth: 262ndHighest Crime Rates: 296thHighest Poor Incomes: 307thLargest Information Technology Sector: 361stMost Subsidized Industry: 375thMost Beautiful Environments: 456thMost Armed: 461stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 491stMost Influential: 508thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 549thLargest Black Market: 619thHighest Average Incomes: 826thFattest Citizens: 925thHighest Average Tax Rates: 967thLargest Governments: 1,023rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,243rdMost Efficient Economies: 1,332ndMost Secular: 1,391stSmartest Citizens: 1,476thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,494thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,526thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,531stNicest Citizens: 1,541stMost Cultured: 1,544thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,910thTop
Best Weather: 2,095thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,149thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,172ndHighest Drug Use: 2,857thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,036thNudest: 4,396thHighest Economic Output: 5,974thLargest Retail Industry: 7,265thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,290thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,860thTop
Most Politically Free: 11,739thLargest Gambling Industry: 13,429thMost Pacifist: 13,621stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 16,468thMost Stationary: 18,420th
Most Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionMost Influential: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7th in the regionMost Armed: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionMost Politically Free: 10th in the regionFattest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 11th in the regionNudest: 12th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 13th in the regionLargest Governments: 13th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 15th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 17th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 17th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 17th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 18th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 20th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 25th in the regionMost Secular: 25th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 27th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 27th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 27th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 32nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 33rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 36th in the regionNicest Citizens: 36th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 38th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 38th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Turbeaux, the nation is experiencing a severe shortage of sporting events.
  • : Following new legislation in Turbeaux, civil servants are no longer allowed to cross their t's.
  • : Following new legislation in Turbeaux, a degree in Chairman Sheng-ji Yang Science with a Minor in Awesomeology starts many political careers.
  • : Turbeaux was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Best Weather.
  • : Following new legislation in Turbeaux, male cubicle workers stand up every time a woman enters the room.
  • : Following new legislation in Turbeaux, wealthy pranksters dump refuse on unsuspecting citizens from up high.
  • : Turbeaux lodged a message on the Forest Regional Message Board.
  • : Turbeaux voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Access to Abortion".
  • : Following new legislation in Turbeaux, city sidewalks are crowded with overweight people.
  • : Following new legislation in Turbeaux, if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it... Transhuman satellites can detect it.


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