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Most Scientifically Advanced: 80thMost Efficient Economies: 110thSmartest Citizens: 194th
The Brazen Panoply of
Anarchy
A God in every Machine
Archsophist Archimedes Babbage
Influence
Instigator
Bureau of Research and Technology
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Steam and Clockwork

Population6.094 billion

CapitalGear and Sprocket
LeaderArchsophist Archimedes Babbage
FaithCult of Dædalus

Currencyatomic buck
AnimalAutomaton

The Brazen Panoply of Steam and Clockwork is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Archsophist Archimedes Babbage with a fair hand, and renowned for its digital currency, smutty television, and unlimited-speed roads. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 6.094 billion Cogs live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The relatively small, corrupt, pro-business, 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 97.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Cog economy, worth a remarkable 2,473 trillion atomic bucks a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 405,930 atomic bucks, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,353,268 per year while the poor average 33,255, a ratio of 70.8 to 1.

The Grinder at Fat Sal's Deli and Recycling Center is a national institution, economists have been named Invertebrates of the Year, bike rage is all the rage, and pollution is on the rise along with government approvals of fracking projects. Crime is totally unknown. Steam and Clockwork's national animal is the Automaton, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Cult of Dædalus.

Steam and Clockwork is ranked 2,412th in the world and 7th in The Horde for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 2,365.93 Tourists Per Hour.

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 80thMost Efficient Economies: 110thSmartest Citizens: 194thLargest Agricultural Sector: 205thRudest Citizens: 270thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 333rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 337thMost Subsidized Industry: 346thLargest Information Technology Sector: 413thLargest Publishing Industry: 532ndMost Cultured: 594thLargest Retail Industry: 598thHighest Average Incomes: 705thLargest Governments: 773rdMost Inclusive: 1,038thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,573rdMost Developed: 1,648thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 2,282ndLongest Average Lifespans: 2,355thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,412thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,887thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,051stMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,081stMost Secular: 3,167thHealthiest Citizens: 3,456thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,057thMost Pacifist: 4,310thNicest Citizens: 5,535thHighest Economic Output: 5,730thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,840thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,615thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,837thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,303rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,613thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,910thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 10,463rdMost Corrupt Governments: 10,769thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,427thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,565thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13,977thMost Pro-Market: 16,870thMost Stationary: 17,155thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17,208thMost Influential: 18,886thSafest: 19,810th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Steam and Clockwork, pollution is on the rise along with government approvals of fracking projects.
  • : Following new legislation in Steam and Clockwork, bike rage is all the rage.
  • : Following new legislation in Steam and Clockwork, economists have been named Invertebrates of the Year.
  • : Following new legislation in Steam and Clockwork, the Grinder at Fat Sal's Deli and Recycling Center is a national institution.
  • : Following new legislation in Steam and Clockwork, Animal Liberationists are regularly arrested.
  • : Following new legislation in Steam and Clockwork, artificial intelligences seeking exciting work are overcome with ennui.
  • : Following new legislation in Steam and Clockwork, religious terrorism is considered to be an Act of God by insurance companies.
  • : Following new legislation in Steam and Clockwork, the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid.
  • : Following new legislation in Steam and Clockwork, funerals are often rudely interrupted by juggling clowns shouting for volunteers from the audience.
  • : Following new legislation in Steam and Clockwork, woodcutter axes are cited as the most common cause of death amongst Automatons.

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