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Largest Information Technology Sector: 4,343rd Highest Drug Use: 4,589th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 5,036th
The Soviet Socialist Federation of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Some

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The Soviet Socialist Federation of Mechanist Combine is a massive, socially progressive nation, notable for its state-planned economy, absence of drug laws, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 1.897 billion Mechanists have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Finslaf. The average income tax rate is 87.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Mechanist economy, worth 224 trillion Federation Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Retail. Average income is an impressive 118,522 Federation Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

The mining industry is making inroads into environmentally sensitive areas, gambling is outlawed, the deceased are buried mostly to hide them from state-sanctioned corpse-collectors, and military instructors tire of being asked for another bedtime story by seven-year-old conscripts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Mechanist Combine's national animal is the Velociraptor.

Mechanist Combine is ranked 137,487th in the world and 168th in Wintreath for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -10.77 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 4,343rdHighest Drug Use: 4,589thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,036thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,430thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,311thMost Secular: 6,409thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,330thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 8,211thMost Inclusive: 8,792ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,657thLargest Governments: 11,021stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,027thSmartest Citizens: 11,034thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,780thMost Cultured: 13,864th
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Highest Drug Use: 9th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 11th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 20th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 20th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Mechanist Combine published "Char Archive 1" (Factbook: Miscellaneous).
  • : Following new legislation in Mechanist Combine, military instructors tire of being asked for another bedtime story by seven-year-old conscripts.
  • : Mechanist Combine was reclassified from "Left-Leaning College State" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Mechanist Combine, the deceased are buried mostly to hide them from state-sanctioned corpse-collectors.
  • : Mechanist Combine was reclassified from "Scandinavian Liberal Paradise" to "Left-Leaning College State".
  • : Following new legislation in Mechanist Combine, gambling is outlawed.
  • : Mechanist Combine was reclassified from "Left-Leaning College State" to "Scandinavian Liberal Paradise".
  • : Mechanist Combine changed its national capital to "Finslaf", its currency to "Federation Credit", and its nation type to "Soviet Socialist Federation".
  • : Mechanist Combine published "Fffffffffffffff" (Account: Other).
  • : Following new legislation in Mechanist Combine, the mining industry is making inroads into environmentally sensitive areas.

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