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Most Scientifically Advanced: 246th Largest Information Technology Sector: 531st Smartest Citizens: 567th
The Brazen Panoply Anachronism of
Corporate Bordello
A God in every Machine
Archsophist Archimedes Babbage
Influence
Instigator
Bureau of Research and Technology
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excessive

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Steam and Clockwork

Population3.74 billion

CapitalGear and Sprocket
LeaderArchsophist Archimedes Babbage
FaithCult of Dædalus

Currencyatomic buck
AnimalAutomaton

The Brazen Panoply Anachronism of Steam and Clockwork is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Archsophist Archimedes Babbage with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 3.74 billion Cogs are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The medium-sized, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gear and Sprocket. The average income tax rate is 94.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Cog economy, worth a remarkable 1,134 trillion atomic bucks a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 303,398 atomic bucks, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,323,742 per year while the poor average 43,941, a ratio of 30.1 to 1.

Police spend their Saturday nights breaking up illegal street races, the nation is known abroad mostly for its Parliamentary antics, hand-to-hand combat experience is udderly essential for all dairy ranchers, and no personal detail is too tiny for the suede-denim census police. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Steam and Clockwork's national animal is the Automaton, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Cult of Dædalus.

Steam and Clockwork is ranked 146,978th in the world and 21st in The Horde for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -382.82 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 246thLargest Information Technology Sector: 531stSmartest Citizens: 567thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 572ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 658thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 671stMost Subsidized Industry: 718thRudest Citizens: 798thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,078thMost Developed: 1,219thLargest Retail Industry: 1,311thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 1,555thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,608thLargest Governments: 1,892ndMost Cultured: 1,930thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,237thMost Inclusive: 2,343rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,088thMost Pacifist: 3,844thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,004thLowest Crime Rates: 4,158thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,090thMost Secular: 5,352ndHealthiest Citizens: 6,047thTop
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Most Politically Free: 8,172ndMost Efficient Economies: 8,704thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,886thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,054thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,225thSafest: 9,505thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,055thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10,222ndNicest Citizens: 10,533rdHighest Economic Output: 12,306thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,990th
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Steam and Clockwork, no personal detail is too tiny for the suede-denim census police.
  • : Following new legislation in Steam and Clockwork, hand-to-hand combat experience is udderly essential for all dairy ranchers.
  • : Following new legislation in Steam and Clockwork, the nation is known abroad mostly for its Parliamentary antics.
  • : Following new legislation in Steam and Clockwork, police spend their Saturday nights breaking up illegal street races.
  • : Following new legislation in Steam and Clockwork, drivers regularly pull over for nonexistent police cars.
  • : Following new legislation in Steam and Clockwork, the government has instituted 'traveller reservations' across the country.
  • : Following new legislation in Steam and Clockwork, tourists visit Steam and Clockwork to mass-moon Cog politicians.
  • : Following new legislation in Steam and Clockwork, the Gear And Sprocket Film Festival recently voted 'Cog Getting Hit By Football' as best film.
  • : Following new legislation in Steam and Clockwork, consumption of cat memes has skyrocketed.
  • : Following new legislation in Steam and Clockwork, artists attempt to convince the Hardship Fund that their unmade bed is a masterpiece.

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