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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,219thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,610thMost Secular: 2,730th
The Technocratic State of
Father Knows Best State
Progress never stops. Move with it or get trampled.
Archbrain Vorlis
Influence
Nipper
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Cortexis

Population2.629 billion

CapitalCortexis Prime
LeaderArchbrain Vorlis

Currencyplatin
Animallab rat

The Technocratic State of Cortexis is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Archbrain Vorlis with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 2.629 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 92.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Cortexisian economy, worth 507 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 193,199 platins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

High school band practice is often crashed by technicolor-clad ravers, feeling like a winner comes at a price, sushi is sold on the black market, and politicians "baring all" for the camera isn't always a figure of speech. 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 244,857th in the world and 1,115th in Europe for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -16 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,219thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,610thTop
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Most Secular: 2,730thMost Developed: 3,282ndSmartest Citizens: 3,605thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,266thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,273rdHighest Poor Incomes: 5,983rdLargest Governments: 6,285thLowest Crime Rates: 6,412thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,018thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,426thMost Inclusive: 7,588thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,989thHighest Average Incomes: 8,106thMost Efficient Economies: 8,255thLargest Mining Sector: 9,502ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,321stMost Subsidized Industry: 12,587thTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 14,711thHighest Food Quality: 17,300thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,741stLargest Publishing Industry: 19,521stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 19,578thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,014thHealthiest Citizens: 20,883rdLargest Welfare Programs: 22,158thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 22,455thSafest: 23,683rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 25,177th
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 21st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 28th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 42nd in the regionMost Secular: 54th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 61st in the regionTop
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Most Developed: 69th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 74th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 78th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 79th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 95th in the regionLargest Governments: 97th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 104th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 107th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 109th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 121st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Cortexis, politicians "baring all" for the camera isn't always a figure of speech.
  • : Following new legislation in Cortexis, sushi is sold on the black market.
  • : Following new legislation in Cortexis, feeling like a winner comes at a price.
  • : Following new legislation in Cortexis, high school band practice is often crashed by technicolor-clad ravers.
  • : Following new legislation in Cortexis, people boast about their low income on their dating profiles.
  • : Following new legislation in Cortexis, frat-house partying has become the national pastime.
  • : Following new legislation in Cortexis, getting an autograph has become harder than ever.
  • : Following new legislation in Cortexis, the breathalyser pledge is a traditional part of marriages in Cortexis.
  • : Following new legislation in Cortexis, five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars.
  • : Following new legislation in Cortexis, political dissidents are cut off from essential services.

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