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The Magic Roundabout of Utopan V

“Feel free to browse, look around, stay a while...” Dougal Pollux

Category: Corporate Bordello
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Last Flight

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Utopan V

Population1.643 billion

CapitalUtopia
LeaderDougal Pollux
FaithBoingism

CurrencyDillon
AnimalZebedee

The Magic Roundabout of Utopan V is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Dougal Pollux with a fair hand, and notable for its public floggings, daily referendums, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 1.643 billion Utopans are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The relatively small, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Utopia. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 15.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Utopian economy, worth 185 trillion Dillons a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 112,845 Dillons, with the richest citizens earning 6.1 times as much as the poorest.

It is mandatory to learn evolution in schools, Pinkerton agents are called in to forcibly break up white collar strikes, belligerent citizens shoot at passing clouds for 'violating their airspace', and court verdicts are predictable to within a hundredth of a percentage point. Crime, especially youth-related, is well under control. Utopan V's national animal is the Zebedee, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Boingism.

Utopan V is ranked 13,425th in the world and 166th in Last Flight for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 5,339.58 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

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Fattest Citizens: 5,519thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,043rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7,358thLargest Retail Industry: 8,024thRudest Citizens: 8,033rdTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 13,425thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,506thMost Secular: 17,596thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 18,974thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,810thMost Cheerful Citizens: 20,829thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,935thMost Valuable International Artwork: 21,122ndMost Inclusive: 21,435th
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 11th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 11th in the regionNudest: 12th in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 17th in the regionMost Pacifist: 20th in the regionMost Inclusive: 22nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 25th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Utopan V was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Utopan V, court verdicts are predictable to within a hundredth of a percentage point.
  • : Following new legislation in Utopan V, belligerent citizens shoot at passing clouds for 'violating their airspace'.
  • : Following new legislation in Utopan V, Pinkerton agents are called in to forcibly break up white collar strikes.
  • : Following new legislation in Utopan V, it is mandatory to learn evolution in schools.
  • : Following new legislation in Utopan V, Utopian companies generally just fire employees in lieu of giving them vacation.
  • : Utopan V was reclassified from "New York Times Democracy" to "Corporate Bordello".
  • : Utopan V was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Utopan V was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Utopan V was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.

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