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Nudest: 634th Rudest Citizens: 2,008th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,940th
The Thought Experience of
Capitalist Paradise
What we design, designs us in return.
Friedrich Baudrillard
Influence
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Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Cognitive Resonance

Population836 million

CapitalDissonance
LeaderFriedrich Baudrillard

CurrencyCog
AnimalHarmonicat

The Thought Experience of Cognitive Resonance is a huge, cultured nation, ruled by Friedrich Baudrillard with an even hand, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, irreverence towards religion, and enforced nudity. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 836 million Resonance are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The relatively small, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Administration, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dissonance. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 18.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Cognitive economy, worth 109 trillion Cogs a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 131,368 Cogs, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 684,820 per year while the poor average 13,579, a ratio of 50.4 to 1.

Survivors of the Great Internet Flame War often recount horror stories of banhammers and DOS attacks, Friedrich Baudrillard's told that love often manifests itself through homicidal four-lettered litanies, almost all of the nation's water is piped into the country from abroad for exorbitant prices, and employees are told they can avoid traffic jams by starting work at 4 AM. Crime, especially youth-related, is moderate, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Cognitive Resonance's national animal is the Harmonicat, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Cognitive Resonance is ranked 70,986th in the world and 17th in Greater Dienstad for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 76.26 on the Hayek Index.

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Nudest: 634thTop
5%
Rudest Citizens: 2,008thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,940thFattest Citizens: 4,293rdLargest Retail Industry: 5,542ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,809thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,858thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,060thTop
10%
Most Pro-Market: 8,980thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,466thMost Armed: 11,972ndMost Efficient Economies: 12,537thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,011thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15,086thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 15,909th
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 2nd in the regionNudest: 3rd in the regionTop
10%
Rudest Citizens: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Cognitive Resonance was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Soda Pop Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Cognitive Resonance, employees are told they can avoid traffic jams by starting work at 4 AM.
  • : Following new legislation in Cognitive Resonance, almost all of the nation's water is piped into the country from abroad for exorbitant prices.
  • : Following new legislation in Cognitive Resonance, Friedrich Baudrillard's told that love often manifests itself through homicidal four-lettered litanies.
  • : Following new legislation in Cognitive Resonance, survivors of the Great Internet Flame War often recount horror stories of banhammers and DOS attacks.
  • : Following new legislation in Cognitive Resonance, lines of trenches demarcate the nation's borders.
  • : Cognitive Resonance lodged a message on the Greater Dienstad Regional Message Board.
  • : Cognitive Resonance lodged a message on the Greater Dienstad Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Cognitive Resonance, behind every great person are three dozen other people passing great memos.
  • : Following new legislation in Cognitive Resonance, you're only as old as you feel.

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