by Max Barry

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Most Conservative: 1,862ndMost Secular: 2,345thMost Authoritarian: 3,198th
The Dictatorship of
Psychotic Dictatorship
All That Exists is a Computing Resource
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Cosmic Mainframe

Population145 million

CurrencyProcessor Cycle
AnimalRAM module

The Dictatorship of The Cosmic Mainframe is a very large, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its state-planned economy, disturbing lack of elderly people, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 145 million Processors are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Defense. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 73.9%.

The sizeable but inefficient Computerized economy, worth 7.12 trillion Processor Cycles 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 a large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Trout Farming, Information Technology, Furniture Restoration, and Uranium Mining. 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 49,112 Processor Cycles, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 172,813 per year while the poor average 10,109, a ratio of 17.1 to 1.

The song 'They Got an Awful Lot of Coffee in The Cosmic Mainframe' is a smash hit, the relatives of suicide victims tend to be angry rather than sad, a large concrete wall is being built around the country's borders, and the sun rises an hour later on border communities. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Cosmic Mainframe's national animal is the RAM module, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Cosmic Mainframe is ranked 44,919th in the world and 1,445th in the Pacific for Best Weather, with 111 Meters Of Sunlight.

Most Conservative: 1,862ndMost Secular: 2,345thMost Authoritarian: 3,198thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,280thTop
Most Extreme: 9,471stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9,933rdMost Corrupt Governments: 13,536thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,703rd
Most Secular: 71st in the regionTop
Most Conservative: 109th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 163rd in the regionMost Extreme: 206th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 240th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 420th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 430th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 504th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 527th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 546th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 579th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 607th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 636th in the regionLargest Black Market: 687th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 721st in the region

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