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Largest Information Technology Sector: 8thMost Rebellious Youth: 43rdMost Secular: 70th
The Experimental Technocracy of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Mottos are bad for you
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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The University Project

Population32.728 billion

Leaderslightly evil bearded man

Currencyoral favor
Animalwell-endowed magpie

The Experimental Technocracy of The University Project is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by slightly evil bearded man with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, free-roaming dinosaurs, and ban on automobiles. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 32.728 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, socially-minded government is primarily concerned with Education, although Environment, Healthcare, and Administration are also considered important, while Defense and International Aid aren't funded at all. The average income tax rate is 67.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Terran economy, worth a remarkable 9,448 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 288,696 oral favors, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

There is a growing belief that consciousness is a simulated illusion within a computer-generated reality, theatre audiences often need a telescope to see the stage, being dead no longer has any benefits, and no one believes anything until it has been strenuously tested and peer-reviewed. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, 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 53,685th in the world and 2,217th in The North Pacific for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 2.23 Bank.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 8thMost Rebellious Youth: 43rdMost Secular: 70thHealthiest Citizens: 171stMost Developed: 227thLongest Average Lifespans: 249thSmartest Citizens: 270thLargest Black Market: 271stMost Stationary: 357thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 477thMost Beautiful Environments: 522ndHighest Food Quality: 567thHighest Economic Output: 568thMost Cultured: 724thHighest Poor Incomes: 755thMost Scientifically Advanced: 841stMost Advanced Public Education: 1,079thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,168thMost Inclusive: 1,618thMost Efficient Economies: 1,739thLargest Populations: 1,866thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,999thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 2,354thBest Weather: 2,792ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,873rdRudest Citizens: 3,879thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,516thHighest Crime Rates: 5,952ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,835thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,887thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,031stLargest Governments: 10,589thTop
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Most Influential: 11,762ndMost Armed: 11,842ndLargest Publishing Industry: 12,611thMost Income Equality: 15,068thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,385thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16,150thLargest Gambling Industry: 18,528th
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Developed: 15th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 17th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 22nd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 30th in the regionMost Cultured: 30th in the regionLargest Populations: 30th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 34th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 38th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 40th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 54th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 66th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 103rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 107th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 109th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 122nd in the regionBest Weather: 176th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 196th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 206th in the regionRudest Citizens: 210th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 224th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 264th in the regionMost Armed: 351st in the regionTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 408th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 425th in the regionLargest Governments: 534th in the regionNudest: 547th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 589th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 611th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 645th in the regionMost Income Equality: 660th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, no one believes anything until it has been strenuously tested and peer-reviewed.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, being dead no longer has any benefits.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, theatre audiences often need a telescope to see the stage.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, there is a growing belief that consciousness is a simulated illusion within a computer-generated reality.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, ships no longer sail as no one wants to encounter Terran pirates.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, abattoirs are struggling with the directive to 'wait until the animal dies of a ripe old age'.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, public executions just aren't the cheery spectacles they once were.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, a valid legal defense is 'dead men tell no tales'.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, politicians are forced to wear portable lie detectors at all times.
  • : Following new legislation in The University Project, weather reports simply advise Earthlings to 'look outside'.

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