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The Republic of Univercity

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Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Negotiator

Location: Vickenian experiment containment zone

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Univercity

Population3.069 billion

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Animalanimal

The Republic of Univercity is a massive, orderly nation, notable for its closed borders, parental licensing program, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 3.069 billion Univercityians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized morass — prioritizes Education, with Industry also on the agenda, while Law & Order and Welfare receive no funds. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 92.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Univercityian economy, worth 483 trillion currencies a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Woodchip Exports industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 157,451 currencies, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 605,372 per year while the poor average 28,200, a ratio of 21.5 to 1.

3D printed organs are a breath of new life for the sick and elderly, new government leaflets tell coeliac children to eat more crisps, animal control is going door-to-door releasing all pets back into the wild, and murder is sanctioned if the legal paperwork is filled out correctly. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Univercity's national animal is the animal, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Univercity is ranked 283,640th in the world and 7th in Vickenian experiment containment zone for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -14 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most Advanced Public Education: 3rdMost Subsidized Industry: 20thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 486thMost Avoided: 1,406thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,561stMost Corrupt Governments: 1,763rdMost Efficient Economies: 1,945thTop
5%
Largest Black Market: 4,501stNudest: 4,991stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,202ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,296thMost Developed: 5,608thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,060thMost Secular: 7,167thSmartest Citizens: 8,163rdLargest Governments: 10,275thHighest Average Incomes: 13,972ndTop
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Most Cultured: 20,652nd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Univercity, murder is sanctioned if the legal paperwork is filled out correctly.
  • : Following new legislation in Univercity, animal control is going door-to-door releasing all pets back into the wild.
  • : Following new legislation in Univercity, new government leaflets tell coeliac children to eat more crisps.
  • : Following new legislation in Univercity, 3D printed organs are a breath of new life for the sick and elderly.
  • : Univercity's influence in Vickenian experiment containment zone rose from "Auxiliary" to "Negotiator".
  • : Following new legislation in Univercity, diplomacy falls apart when diplomats drink too much.
  • : Following new legislation in Univercity, people forget to eat because they are too busy singing Leader's praises.
  • : Following new legislation in Univercity, a PhD just ain't what it used to be.
  • : Univercity was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Univercity, kids looking for shark teeth have become ancient history.

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