by Max Barry

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Largest Black Market: 241st Most Ignorant Citizens: 245th Most Devout: 282nd
The Robotic Operating Mechanisms of
Iron Fist Consumerists
robots r the future. change ur ways or be destroyed
Shotgun Marcus the 100% Robot
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Population13.275 billion

CapitalA Walmart That is Really a Robot Factory
LeaderShotgun Marcus the 100% Robot
FaithBelievers in Robots


The Robotic Operating Mechanisms of ROM is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Shotgun Marcus the 100% Robot with an iron fist, and notable for its fear of technology, enslaved workforce, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 13.275 billion robots are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Spirituality, and Administration are also considered important, while Welfare and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of A Walmart That is Really a Robot Factory. The average income tax rate is 92.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient ROMian economy, worth a remarkable 3,302 trillion robodollars 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, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Gambling. 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 248,739 robodollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children often kick robodogs for amusement, fifteen-year-olds cannot walk younger siblings to school without a professional Childcare and Education Certificate, a National Academy regulates grammar and usage, and the nation grinds to a halt for afternoon tea. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. ROM's national animal is the robodog, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Believers in Robots.

ROM is ranked 168,230th in the world and 8,705th in The North Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring -252.96 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Largest Black Market: 241stMost Ignorant Citizens: 245thMost Devout: 282ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 330thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 342ndMost Primitive: 505thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 563rdLargest Mining Sector: 747thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 834thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 861stMost Corrupt Governments: 879thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,294thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,373rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,544thTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,088thNudest: 2,220thMost Efficient Economies: 2,432ndMost Avoided: 2,621stMost Subsidized Industry: 2,723rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,761stHighest Average Incomes: 2,965thHighest Economic Output: 2,973rdLargest Gambling Industry: 3,179thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,914thLargest Governments: 6,747thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 9,037thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,857thLargest Populations: 14,017thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,997thHighest Drug Use: 15,818thRudest Citizens: 16,059th
Largest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 14th in the regionMost Devout: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17th in the regionMost Primitive: 18th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 28th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 30th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 36th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 37th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 46th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 49th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 58th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 66th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 79th in the regionTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 88th in the regionNudest: 89th in the regionMost Avoided: 89th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 103rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 130th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 142nd in the regionLargest Populations: 246th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 281st in the regionLargest Governments: 350th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 445th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 567th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 587th in the regionRudest Citizens: 630th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 650th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 731st in the region

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