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Most Valuable International Artwork: 5,686thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,986thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,537th
The Borderlands of
Authoritarian Democracy
For the ways of steam
Archibald Washington Blenkinsopp
Influence
Hegemony
Founder
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Thriving
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Cogworks

Population13.932 billion

CapitalBolhagen
LeaderArchibald Washington Blenkinsopp

Currencyflywheel
Animalmechanical spider

The Borderlands of Cogworks is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Archibald Washington Blenkinsopp with an even hand, and notable for its ban on automobiles, daily referendums, and aversion to nipples. The compassionate, democratic population of 13.932 billion Steampunks are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The large, moralistic, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bolhagen. The average income tax rate is 73.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Steampunk economy, worth a remarkable 1,373 trillion flywheels a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Basket Weaving, and Information Technology. Average income is 98,606 flywheels, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

In the Beginning was the Word and the Word was "Pragmatism", Tetris has been banned for its graphic violent content, police officers have been re-kitted with designer uniforms and gold-plated handcuffs, and children often kick mechanical spiders for amusement. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cogworks's national animal is the mechanical spider, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Cogworks is ranked 32,758th in the world and 2nd in Starways Congress for Most Subsidized Industry, scoring 4,059.27 on the Gilded Widget Scale.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 5,686thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,986thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,537thSafest: 9,848thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,662ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,893rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,323rdTop
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Most Pacifist: 13,680thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,090thMost Cultured: 14,414thHighest Economic Output: 15,138thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,764thLowest Crime Rates: 16,858thMost Compassionate Citizens: 17,147thNicest Citizens: 17,494thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,958thHighest Poor Incomes: 18,436thHighest Food Quality: 18,634thMost Beautiful Environments: 19,257thHealthiest Citizens: 20,133rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 21,262ndLongest Average Lifespans: 21,284thMost Influential: 21,291stMost Inclusive: 22,133rdLargest Populations: 22,745thSmartest Citizens: 22,815thHighest Average Tax Rates: 23,308thLargest Governments: 25,073rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 25,172nd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Cogworks was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Cogworks was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Cogworks was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Best Weather.
  • : Cogworks's influence in Starways Congress fell from "Hermit" to "Hegemony".
  • : Cogworks's influence in Starways Congress rose from "Page" to "Hermit".
  • : Cogworks was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Best Weather.
  • : Cogworks relocated from Balder to Starways Congress.
  • : Cogworks was refounded in Balder.
  • : Cogworks ceased to exist in Starways Congress.
  • : Cogworks was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.

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