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Largest Information Technology Sector: 7thMost Secular: 42ndMost Rebellious Youth: 53rd
The Experimental Technocracy of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Mottos are bad for you
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The University Project

Population35.062 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 complete lack of prisons, keen interest in outer space, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 35.062 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, socially-minded, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Education, with Administration, Environment, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Defense and International Aid are ignored. The average income tax rate is 76.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Terran economy, worth an astonishing 10,492 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 299,263 oral favors, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common, the nation's government buildings are remarkable for being ugly concrete boxes, sales of disinfectant wipes have skyrocketed, and nobody ever questions the unquestioned rule that questions must always be asked. Crime is totally unknown. 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 276,624th in the world and 13,285th in The North Pacific for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -82.86 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 7thMost Secular: 42ndMost Rebellious Youth: 53rdHealthiest Citizens: 185thSmartest Citizens: 243rdMost Developed: 247thLongest Average Lifespans: 267thMost Stationary: 335thLargest Black Market: 359thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 460thMost Beautiful Environments: 510thHighest Economic Output: 574thMost Scientifically Advanced: 595thMost Advanced Public Education: 612thHighest Food Quality: 711thMost Cultured: 781stHighest Poor Incomes: 1,077thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,271stMost Efficient Economies: 1,627thLargest Populations: 1,822ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,847thMost Inclusive: 1,955thHighest Average Incomes: 2,324thTop
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Best Weather: 3,329thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,452ndRudest Citizens: 5,613thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,297thLargest Governments: 7,843rdLargest Welfare Programs: 8,484thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,170thMost Influential: 12,717thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 14,065thHighest Disposable Incomes: 16,473rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,658thHighest Average Tax Rates: 18,827thMost Corrupt Governments: 20,868thMost Subsidized Industry: 26,434th
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 10th in the regionLargest Black Market: 11th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 13th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionMost Developed: 16th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 26th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 27th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 29th in the regionLargest Populations: 30th in the regionMost Cultured: 31st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 33rd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 34th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 47th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 55th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 81st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 105th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 106th in the regionMost Inclusive: 110th in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 162nd in the regionBest Weather: 191st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 240th in the regionRudest Citizens: 285th in the regionLargest Governments: 409th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 421st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 505th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 552nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 566th in the regionNudest: 628th in the regionTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 717th in the regionMost Armed: 850th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 885th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1,004th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, nobody ever questions the unquestioned rule that questions must always be asked.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, sales of disinfectant wipes have skyrocketed.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, the nation's government buildings are remarkable for being ugly concrete boxes.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, film studios own the rights to actors' likenesses until the next millennium.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, "Slightly evil bearded man got your tongue?" has become a popular idiom.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, builders across The University Project are blocked up with orders for new public loos.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, citizens wouldn't recognise slightly evil bearded man if they passed one another on the street.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, the recital of citations that follows any political speech can be longer than the speech itself.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, citizens volunteer for tax audits to avoid the 80-page Practical Assessment Survey Tool On Religions.

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