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Nudest: 4,543rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,629thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,188th
The Null of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Don't forget to terminate your strings!
Influence
Vassal
Founder / Null Terminator
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Few

Overview Dispatches Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

0x00

Population915 million

CapitalThe Stack
LeaderKernel

Currencybyte
AnimalRAM

The Null of 0x00 is a huge, orderly nation, ruled by Kernel with an iron fist, and renowned for its ritual sacrifices, frequent executions, and soft-spoken computers. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 915 million Null Bytes are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Stack. The average income tax rate is 47.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Null economy, worth 93.3 trillion bytes 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 a large, well-organized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Basket Weaving. 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 impressive 101,920 bytes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Doctors fax when they need facts fast, replacement organs are grown in vats, hackers post hourly updates on international summits, and the minority inevitably have their addenda vetoed. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. 0x00's national animal is the RAM, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

0x00 is ranked 214,791st in the world and 187th in Bytes for Largest Retail Industry, scoring -14.93 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

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Nudest: 4,543rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,629thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,188thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,216thTop
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Most Avoided: 11,369thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,766thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,201stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,725thMost Corrupt Governments: 17,119thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,349thLargest Black Market: 18,535thHealthiest Citizens: 21,237thMost Devout: 21,657th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 2nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 7th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 8th in the regionTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 10th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 12th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 13th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 15th in the regionLargest Governments: 19th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 0x00 proposed constructing embassies between Bytes and Thecardfarmingregion.
  • : Following new legislation in 0x00, the minority inevitably have their addenda vetoed.
  • : Following new legislation in 0x00, hackers post hourly updates on international summits.
  • : Following new legislation in 0x00, replacement organs are grown in vats.
  • : Following new legislation in 0x00, doctors fax when they need facts fast.
  • : Following new legislation in 0x00, morale within the seismologist community has hit rock bottom.
  • : 0x00 lodged a message on the Bytes Regional Message Board.
  • : 0x00 proposed constructing embassies between Bytes and Baloo Kingdom Card Farm Plantation.
  • : Following new legislation in 0x00, the government has declared its commitment to multilateralism.
  • : Following new legislation in 0x00, anti-environmentalist dissidents must beware of government plants in their midst.

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