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Largest Information Technology Sector: 29thMost Secular: 58thMost Scientifically Advanced: 167th
The Institute of
Libertarian Police State
Mastery Through Knowledge
Dr Iok Sotot
Influence
Diplomat
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Iok-Sotot

Population7.48 billion

CapitalAdministratus
LeaderDr Iok Sotot
FaithThe Unmasking

CurrencyKnols
AnimalLab Rat

The Institute of Iok-Sotot is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Dr Iok Sotot with an iron fist, and renowned for its state-planned economy, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 7.48 billion Experiments are proud of their wide-ranging civil freedoms, and those who aren't tend to be dragged off the streets by men in dark suits and hustled into cars with tinted windows.

The relatively small, corrupt, liberal government is primarily concerned with Education, although Industry, Healthcare, and Environment are also considered important, while Spirituality and Law & Order are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Administratus. The average income tax rate is 66.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Iok-Sototian economy, worth a remarkable 2,805 trillion Knols 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, fairly diversified black market in Information Technology, Tourism, and Retail. 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 amazing 375,123 Knols, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars, good-looking soldier boys have celebrity status amongst the nation's homosexuals, pareidolic SETI scientists swear there's a message from aliens hidden within pi, and protesters are up in arms over new nuclear power stations. Crime is totally unknown. Iok-Sotot's national animal is the Lab Rat, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Unmasking.

Iok-Sotot is ranked 97,041st in the world and 33rd in The Fallout Wasteland for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 2,552.68 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 29thMost Secular: 58thMost Scientifically Advanced: 167thHighest Poor Incomes: 492ndSmartest Citizens: 903rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,003rdLargest Black Market: 1,095thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,150thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,182ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,223rdRudest Citizens: 1,582ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,612thMost Inclusive: 1,635thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,608thMost Developed: 2,687thLargest Retail Industry: 3,013thMost Efficient Economies: 3,022ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,048thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,071stHighest Economic Output: 5,299thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5,762ndLargest Insurance Industry: 6,154thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,436thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,760thLargest Governments: 7,327thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,795thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,023rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,442ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 11,626thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,769thTop
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Nudest: 12,348thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,709thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,675thHighest Drug Use: 16,332ndLargest Gambling Industry: 17,024thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,411thMost Influential: 23,181stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 23,468thMost Stationary: 23,594th
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Most Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 4th in the regionNudest: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Iok-Sotot, protesters are up in arms over new nuclear power stations.
  • : Following new legislation in Iok-Sotot, pareidolic SETI scientists swear there's a message from aliens hidden within pi.
  • : Following new legislation in Iok-Sotot, good-looking soldier boys have celebrity status amongst the nation's homosexuals.
  • : Following new legislation in Iok-Sotot, five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars.
  • : Following new legislation in Iok-Sotot, the world still seems flat to some people in space.
  • : Following new legislation in Iok-Sotot, the government has cut taxes in the face of widespread tax evasion.
  • : Following new legislation in Iok-Sotot, edutainment video games are taking Iok-Sotot's students to the next level.
  • : Following new legislation in Iok-Sotot, the realistic depiction of tentacles is on the core syllabus of most art schools.
  • : Following new legislation in Iok-Sotot, the doctor has cold hands.
  • : Following new legislation in Iok-Sotot, rumour has it Dr Iok Sotot needs a calculator to multiply ten by ten.

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