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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,236thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,668thMost Secular: 2,753rd
The Technocratic State of
Father Knows Best State
Progress never stops. Move with it or get trampled.
Archbrain Vorlis
Influence
Nipper
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Cortexis

Population2.391 billion

CapitalCortexis Prime
LeaderArchbrain Vorlis

Currencyplatin
Animallab rat

The Technocratic State of Cortexis is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Archbrain Vorlis with an iron fist, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, ubiquitous missile silos, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 2.391 billion Cortexisians 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 Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cortexis Prime. The average income tax rate is 92.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Cortexisian economy, worth 462 trillion platins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 193,458 platins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

All government communication requires the imprimatur of the Truth Police, clowns are being rounded up and admitted to mental institutions, visitors often mistake the toiletplex at music festivals for the main stage, and every new building project has to undergo a five-year environmental impact study before it can go ahead. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cortexis's national animal is the lab rat, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Cortexis is ranked 3,657th in the world and 75th in Europe for Smartest Citizens, with 144.81 quips per hour.

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,236thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,668thTop
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Most Secular: 2,753rdMost Developed: 3,309thSmartest Citizens: 3,657thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,187thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,635thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,231stHighest Poor Incomes: 6,237thLargest Governments: 6,413thLowest Crime Rates: 6,737thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,696thMost Inclusive: 7,767thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8,013thHighest Average Incomes: 8,027thMost Efficient Economies: 8,196thLargest Mining Sector: 9,490thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,390thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,441stTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 15,634thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,646thHighest Food Quality: 17,750thLargest Publishing Industry: 19,834thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,208thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,490thLargest Welfare Programs: 22,436thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 22,708thHealthiest Citizens: 22,813thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 23,129thSafest: 24,747thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 27,085th
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 18th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 28th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 41st in the regionMost Secular: 54th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 61st in the regionTop
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Most Developed: 74th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 75th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 83rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 84th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 87th in the regionLargest Governments: 106th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 110th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 110th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 118th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 119th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 124th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Cortexis was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Safest and Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Cortexis, every new building project has to undergo a five-year environmental impact study before it can go ahead.
  • : Following new legislation in Cortexis, visitors often mistake the toiletplex at music festivals for the main stage.
  • : Following new legislation in Cortexis, clowns are being rounded up and admitted to mental institutions.
  • : Following new legislation in Cortexis, all government communication requires the imprimatur of the Truth Police.
  • : Following new legislation in Cortexis, no one believes anything until it has been strenuously tested and peer-reviewed.
  • : Following new legislation in Cortexis, military equipment stores have a tendency to go up in flames.
  • : Following new legislation in Cortexis, the nation's diplomats shake hands with those whose hands are drenched in the blood of innocents.
  • : Following new legislation in Cortexis, the police go to great efforts to seize contraband favored by politicians on the police oversight committee.
  • : Following new legislation in Cortexis, nude art is becoming wildly popular.

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