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The Republic of Universal State Formula

“Per aspera ad astra”

Category: Father Knows Best State
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Location: The North Pacific


Universal State Formula

Population6.382 billion

CapitalCity Prime

CurrencyStandard Monetary Unit

The Republic of Universal State Formula is a colossal, efficient nation, remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, soft-spoken computers, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 6.382 billion citizens of Universal State Formula 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 juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of City Prime. The average income tax rate is 99.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Universal State Formula economy, worth a remarkable 4,462 trillion Standard Monetary Units 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, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. 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 a breathtaking 699,165 Standard Monetary Units, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

International humanitarian organisations are applauding the government for ending the death penalty, cheese has become the new icon of political dissent, the combined alert sound of a nation simultaneously receiving a text message is a common cause of hearing damage, and pro-democracy regime change has been avoided. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Universal State Formula's national animal is the Leviathan, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Universal State Formula is ranked 168,906th in the world and 7,697th in The North Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring -63.22 on the Rand Index.

Largest Information Technology Sector: 19thMost Scientifically Advanced: 30thMost Subsidized Industry: 31stHighest Poor Incomes: 45thHighest Average Incomes: 71stMost Efficient Economies: 116thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 140thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 173rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 197thSmartest Citizens: 245thLargest Black Market: 252ndMost Advanced Public Education: 256thLargest Retail Industry: 283rdMost Influential: 290thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 302ndMost Corrupt Governments: 308thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 379thLargest Governments: 388thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 391stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 404thMost Secular: 439thLargest Insurance Industry: 510thLargest Agricultural Sector: 817thMost Valuable International Artwork: 853rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 902ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 917thRudest Citizens: 1,140thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,368thMost Developed: 1,371stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,416thLargest Mining Sector: 1,433rdLowest Crime Rates: 1,524thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,683rdLongest Average Lifespans: 1,761stTop
Highest Economic Output: 2,169thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,221stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,504thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,951stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,403rdMost Cultured: 8,707thMost Inclusive: 9,065thTop
Most Stationary: 15,636th
Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 10th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 11th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 11th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Governments: 18th in the regionMost Secular: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 27th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 29th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 32nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 38th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 50th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 51st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 60th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 61st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 65th in the regionRudest Citizens: 70th in the regionMost Influential: 77th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 82nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 82nd in the regionMost Developed: 83rd in the regionTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 98th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 106th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 107th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 113th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 319th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 357th in the regionMost Stationary: 364th in the regionMost Cultured: 427th in the regionTop
Most Inclusive: 529th in the regionNudest: 674th in the regionLargest Populations: 812th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Universal State Formula, pro-democracy regime change has been avoided.
  • : Following new legislation in Universal State Formula, the combined alert sound of a nation simultaneously receiving a text message is a common cause of hearing damage.
  • : Following new legislation in Universal State Formula, cheese has become the new icon of political dissent.
  • : Following new legislation in Universal State Formula, international humanitarian organisations are applauding the government for ending the death penalty.
  • : Following new legislation in Universal State Formula, they say that Leader's personal computer is full of naked pictures of the Emperor of Maxtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Universal State Formula, in a desperate bid for cheap airfare citizens of Universal State Formula can be seen jogging in a rubber suit just before flying.
  • : Following new legislation in Universal State Formula, traffic jams are a common sight due to construction work from a massive overhaul of the nation's freeways.
  • : Following new legislation in Universal State Formula, dozens of viewers go online to hear whether a comma has been added to Clause 5 in Subsection B of Law 58375.
  • : Universal State Formula voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Access to Abortion".
  • : Universal State Formula was endorsed by The Democratic People's Republic of Comfed.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 484 » Pallaith, Yaorozu, Great Bights Mum, Selfgradatude, Notyoutopia, Diodone, Sunto, Alice Gardens, Shadowrik, Kwaj, Siwale, Holy Oranz, Yukti, Buckerino, Kelvaros Prime, New Chilokver, Karazan, New Lakemba, Malta Comino Gozo, The Iron Lions, Cloydicia, Sil Dorsett, Moubarakistan, Chukstik Illahi, Humptalumpta, Gmt2001, Choistan, SORT, Maott, Soviet Terran, Walter Jackson, Prydania, Corfad, Calamazo, Wineclaw, Romanian Land, ZimRobwe, Panama Coalition, Tianqing, Wills Dominion, Dopeland420, PlanetPunk, Ice and Tinian, Wilkshire, Pleroma Sans Romans, Necromonia, French Bananastan, Vexilia, Felpolandia, Zeternia, and 434 others.David Davidson, Lemonbiscuits, Ilisseia, Venezuelia, US of Lalaland, The Kallandikonk, The Wholly Concordant See, Esplandia, Eglise Sainte Eve, Territorio di Nessuno, Wooleystan, Aroa, The Austro Germanic Union, Kanlidia, Dicko, BrightFutures, North Armatas, Xentherida, Potatolandium, Zokk, Great and Glorious Martese Unionins, Revolutionary Sealand, Dutchyland, Prospit, Koda-Land, Elevation, Plumas, Pradovnia, Joodey, Srpski Novo Zelandjani, Azzarel, Unimaginable Doom, Abiswashyo-bhumi, Acrabinnia, Dreylus, LostLegion, Puczovska, Cinnibar, Easternryke, Western Vapia, Itallitopia, Unsophisticate, Arimbia, Saugeria, Frances Francis the First of France, United States of Medford, Atain, Confederation of Independent Colonies, The Gamer Party, Phoronu, East Supple Lund, Sea Ghost, Shibutani, The Brunchovian Republic of Pina Colada, East Wushen, Govornia, Viridiann, Former English Colony, Old Emporia, Marbamaga, Empy, Bearical, The Lucky but Unfortunate Wanderers, United Draconia, Highton Islands, Chatheatinamopia, Whereisthatistan, Hyperbanus, Sundred, Fizban, Elgaland-Vargaland, Socialist Kingdoms of Scania, Avemterra, Ethnon, Moose repupblic, Nexia, Valhalla123, Arstungry, El Fiji Grande, Sunaiya, The Discipled, Rosewood-, Warsaw-Halicz, Anna Airters, Tarr-Nation, Yemet, Velon, Dar es Saalam, Daiz, Amestris-Britannia, Eri-Maqa-Ena, New Pruessen, The Rhein States, The Most Freedom Ever, Newpromisedland, Minuda, Central Ryal, United Asgardian States, Niradans, Infinitis, Kasazzastan, United Kahndaq, Gilakistan, North Bratislava, Asgardira, Partax, Zumlandia, Riversedge, Votak Matim, United States of Americanas, Omnistria, Vincone Cae, Napnomadia, Holy Marcus Empire, Cool game nation, The Windmilluminati, Dreadton, Ninjak30, Pasargad, Ham Federation, The Sinclarian Provinces, Guer Aike, Orado, The English Alliance, Fascist Democracy, Egalico, Solmetria, Zankioa, Aeolist, Steampunk Ariel, Plangainer, Trillius, Fendlium, Pauliestien, Haor Chall, Abject Ludicrosity, 1 very fast endotarter, Moanapo, British Pacific Islands, Loutsland, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Noahs Second Country, Alpinea, Astrind, Antiyard, Glurponia, Brysto, Runeda, Gurou, The Tampa Bay Rays, Seenvorland, New Octicarg, McMasterdonia, Tellavinna, Supreme Leader Hadrian, The Stratosphere Islands, Nordic-British Union, Nakayo, Wisconsota, Gnomewatchers, Lazadonil, Eteles, Aetulia, 5 kingdoms of Britannia, Ataraxia Somnia, Banabistan, Tachycardia, Clan Spaniel, Kranostav, PotatoFarmers, Pazair, Dabarastan, Zyvetskistaahn, Serendipita Martia, Vernest Quill, Interdimensional Zone, Cape Flower, Ravendi, Anungu, Castle Federation, Iceria, The Navy Blue, Palgo, Misthas, Valentine Z, Praeceps, Volstokn, Cobleck Weleis, Arlens Apartment, States of Asra, Loli County, Lungha, Chekrand, Keventle, Hamerica, Fayyayid, Merconitonitopia, Khoik, Valatic Ash, Nationeer, Xagill, Nova Arcania, Psychotic Vegans, Dakota Territories, The Sansvich, Freyford, Slacker Ville, Fel Imass, Wit Noreis, Yokciq Empire, Quentiam Viventem, TJUN-ia, Casiato, Jellies Island, Virillum, The Jerichowan Country, Ausnakulia, Rhelmwych, South Almyra, Preble, Godwanna, The Kingdom and Realm of Anubis, Ihese, Zecit, The Real Ram Ranch, Alamei, The Reorganized Arctic Territories, Centromuria, New Biryukova, Grue, Drutopia 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