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Largest Information Technology Sector: 12thMost Rebellious Youth: 42ndMost Secular: 86th
The Experimental Technocracy of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Mottos are bad for you
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The University Project

Population32.113 billion

Leaderslightly evil bearded man

Currencyoral favor
Animalwell-endowed magpie

The Experimental Technocracy of The University Project is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by slightly evil bearded man with an iron fist, and remarkable for its smutty television, frequent executions, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 32.113 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 relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Education, although Environment, Healthcare, and Administration are also considered important, while Defense and International Aid are ignored. The average income tax rate is 56.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Terran economy, worth a remarkable 8,825 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. 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 274,825 oral favors, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Astronomers are flocking to The University Project to take advantage of its clear night skies, lion-reed-vulture-hand-reed-mouth is how slightly evil bearded man is spelt now, NationStates is now a popular brand of laxatives despite Max Barry's protests, and the latest political memes depict slightly evil bearded man as an overly-choreographed robot. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The University Project's national animal is the well-endowed magpie, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

The University Project is ranked 245,357th in the world and 9,401st in The North Pacific for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -68.96 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 12thMost Rebellious Youth: 42ndMost Secular: 86thHealthiest Citizens: 170thMost Developed: 240thLongest Average Lifespans: 267thSmartest Citizens: 296thLargest Black Market: 323rdMost Stationary: 361stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 427thMost Beautiful Environments: 533rdHighest Economic Output: 627thMost Cultured: 773rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 919thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,068thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,246thMost Inclusive: 1,496thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,569thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,735thMost Efficient Economies: 1,770thLargest Populations: 1,892ndHighest Crime Rates: 2,120thTop
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Best Weather: 2,501stHighest Average Incomes: 2,697thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,401stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,037thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,853rdRudest Citizens: 6,921stMost Armed: 7,529thLargest Gambling Industry: 9,665thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,894thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,058thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,655thMost Influential: 11,904thTop
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Largest Governments: 12,814thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,183rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,768th
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 10th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 13th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 14th in the regionMost Developed: 14th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 16th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17th in the regionLargest Populations: 30th in the regionMost Cultured: 35th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 37th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 45th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 58th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 67th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 78th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 84th in the regionTop
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Most Inclusive: 105th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 111th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 114th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 118th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 150th in the regionBest Weather: 167th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 255th in the regionMost Armed: 263rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 275th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 309th in the regionRudest Citizens: 364th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 530th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 572nd in the regionNudest: 599th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 613th in the regionLargest Governments: 653rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 662nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, the latest political memes depict slightly evil bearded man as an overly-choreographed robot.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, NationStates is now a popular brand of laxatives despite Max Barry's protests.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, lion-reed-vulture-hand-reed-mouth is how slightly evil bearded man is spelt now.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, astronomers are flocking to The University Project to take advantage of its clear night skies.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, X-Files ratings have hit an all-time low.
  • : The University Project was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Best Weather.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, foreign leaders with unpaid parking tickets are often refused entry.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, students memorise knock-knock jokes for their mandatory twice-a-term Comedy Examinations.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, citizens are now allowed to discuss whether Slightly evil bearded man is the greatest ruler ever or simply the greatest ruler of this generation.

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