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The Cosmic Mainframe

Population105 million

CurrencyProcessor Cycle
AnimalRAM module

The Dictatorship of The Cosmic Mainframe is a very large, safe nation, remarkable for its compulsory vegetarianism, disturbing lack of elderly people, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 105 million Processors are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Administration. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 72.3%.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Computerized economy, worth 4.05 trillion Processor Cycles 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 a large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Trout Farming, Information Technology, Furniture Restoration, and Uranium Mining. 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 38,584 Processor Cycles, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 133,921 per year while the poor average 8,110, a ratio of 16.5 to 1.

The armed forces are locked in an expensive and bloody war abroad to stamp out possible terrorists, city budgets are spent entirely on supporting the town royalty, maintaining economic growth is no laughing matter, and all work and no play has rendered the nation's children somewhat intelligent but also remarkably dull. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Cosmic Mainframe's national animal is the RAM module, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Cosmic Mainframe is ranked 24,159th in the world and 702nd in the Pacific for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 4.77 Bank.

Most Secular: 2,346thMost Conservative: 2,786thMost Authoritarian: 3,259thTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 8,985thMost Extreme: 9,075thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 10,712thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,029th
Most Secular: 74th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 155th in the regionMost Conservative: 176th in the regionMost Extreme: 197th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 218th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 484th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 573rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 645th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 664th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 702nd in the region

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