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Largest Information Technology Sector: 129th Most Scientifically Advanced: 288th Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 914th
The Concordant Stratum of
Democratic Socialists
All of us are a key
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Cypher Nine

Population5.121 billion

CapitalCypher One - Administrative Block
LeaderCouncil Chairman Cypher One

AnimalAluminum Sea Basilisk

The Concordant Stratum of The Cypher Nine is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Council Chairman Cypher One with an even hand, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, punitive income tax rates, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 5.121 billion Cypherians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized government is primarily concerned with Education, although Healthcare, Environment, and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cypher One - Administrative Block. The average income tax rate is 96.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Cypher Ninean economy, worth a remarkable 1,086 trillion Fulcrums a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism. Average income is an amazing 212,231 Fulcrums, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

One does not simply walk into the tundra, the government is a proud sponsor of the National Gaming Association, pre-takeoff checks last longer than the flights themselves, and there's never enough space in space. Crime is totally unknown. The Cypher Nine's national animal is the Aluminum Sea Basilisk, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

The Cypher Nine is ranked 154,836th in the world and 364th in Forest for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -7.75 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Largest Information Technology Sector: 129thMost Scientifically Advanced: 288thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 914thSmartest Citizens: 1,063rdMost Developed: 1,127thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,129thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,452ndHealthiest Citizens: 1,499thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,541stMost Influential: 1,572ndHighest Poor Incomes: 1,643rdMost Pacifist: 1,649thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,729thBest Weather: 1,778thSafest: 1,839thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,286thMost Secular: 2,404thLowest Crime Rates: 2,752ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,841stLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,063rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,294thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,360thRudest Citizens: 3,377thMost Inclusive: 3,389thLargest Governments: 3,426thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,851stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,172ndHighest Average Incomes: 4,848thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,672ndNicest Citizens: 6,785thMost Efficient Economies: 7,864thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 8,587thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,954thHighest Economic Output: 13,389thMost Cultured: 14,529thMost Income Equality: 16,723rd
Most Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 15th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 18th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 18th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 20th in the regionMost Developed: 22nd in the regionMost Influential: 23rd in the regionMost Secular: 24th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 25th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 27th in the regionSafest: 27th in the regionRudest Citizens: 27th in the regionMost Pacifist: 29th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 32nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 37th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 37th in the regionLargest Governments: 40th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 43rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 46th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Cypher Nine, there's never enough space in space.
  • : The Cypher Nine lodged a message on the Forest Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cypher Nine, pre-takeoff checks last longer than the flights themselves.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cypher Nine, the government is a proud sponsor of the National Gaming Association.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cypher Nine, one does not simply walk into the tundra.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cypher Nine, sharks are enjoying their deliveries of canned food.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cypher Nine, counselors have to sign pledges supporting gay rights before they can speak to any patients.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cypher Nine, teenagers performing appendectomies on their friends has become a popular schoolyard prank.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cypher Nine, Occam's razor has sliced to pieces any childhood belief in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
  • : Following new legislation in The Cypher Nine, when electric cars arrived nobody heard them coming.


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