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Largest Information Technology Sector: 41st Most Rebellious Youth: 44th Most Secular: 96th
The Experimental Technocracy of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Mottos are bad for you
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

The University Project

Population28.292 billion

Leaderonly slightly evil bearded man

Currencyoral favor
Animalphallic hydra

The Experimental Technocracy of The University Project is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by only slightly evil bearded man with an iron fist, and notable for its infamous sell-swords, absence of drug laws, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 28.292 billion Earthlings are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Education, with Environment, Healthcare, and Public Transport also on the agenda, while Defense and International Aid aren't funded at all. The average income tax rate is 77.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Terran economy, worth a remarkable 7,073 trillion oral favors 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, highly specialized black market in Information Technology and Book Publishing. 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 250,033 oral favors, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Psychiatrists that date patients are congratulated on their romantic conquests, citizens are deployed to barren deserts to protect small territorial claims, first-time moms are expected to be experienced parents from day one, and train stations have more platforms than a 1970s disco. Crime is totally unknown. The University Project's national animal is the phallic hydra, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

The University Project is ranked 1,070th in the world and 51st in The North Pacific for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 90.76 Workforce Participation Rate.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 41stMost Rebellious Youth: 44thMost Secular: 96thHealthiest Citizens: 132ndSmartest Citizens: 258thLargest Black Market: 266thMost Developed: 362ndMost Stationary: 407thLongest Average Lifespans: 432ndLargest Publishing Industry: 491stMost Beautiful Environments: 508thMost Efficient Economies: 520thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 635thHighest Economic Output: 711thHighest Poor Incomes: 955thMost Cultured: 1,021stMost Advanced Public Education: 1,062ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,070thMost Inclusive: 1,259thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,328thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,649thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,787thLargest Populations: 2,023rdBest Weather: 2,101stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,277thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,800thHighest Average Incomes: 2,823rdRudest Citizens: 4,654thTop
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Largest Governments: 7,786thMost Influential: 9,423rdHighest Drug Use: 9,864thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,074thNudest: 13,304thHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,009th
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Most Secular: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 14th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 15th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 19th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Developed: 21st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 25th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 28th in the regionLargest Populations: 34th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 43rd in the regionMost Cultured: 50th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 51st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 52nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 64th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 72nd in the regionTop
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Most Inclusive: 82nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 101st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 118th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 129th in the regionBest Weather: 131st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 133rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 281st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 308th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 397th in the regionNudest: 419th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 537th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 684th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The University Project was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, train stations have more platforms than a 1970s disco.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, first-time moms are expected to be experienced parents from day one.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, citizens are deployed to barren deserts to protect small territorial claims.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, psychiatrists that date patients are congratulated on their romantic conquests.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, sullen teenagers in bright orange 'community payback' onesies can be seen picking litter at the roadside.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, The University Project is notorious for its citizens' infidelity.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, the tenet of free speech is held dear.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, there is a dearth of space for new houses.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, public parks are littered with cigarette butts.

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