|Leader||Ghost of Overseer Clint Woods|
|Animal||Great Horned Owl|
The North American Conglomerate of The Grand Technate is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Ghost of Overseer Clint Woods with an iron fist, and renowned for its compulsory vegetarianism, otherworldly petting zoo, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 3.819 billion Techies 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Education, Law & Order, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ottawa. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 67.2%.
The frighteningly efficient Technatean economy, worth 569 trillion Technatean Pounds 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, fairly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Cheese Exports. 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 impressive 149,194 Technatean Pounds, with the richest citizens earning 5.8 times as much as the poorest.
Techies visiting rural Southern Great Horned Owl Village can get their driving records clean for a small fee, betting pennies on games of Go Fish is considered deviant, government workers are more efficient and more unhappy than ever, and maximum security fish farms leave caged salmon pining for the fjords. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Grand Technate's national animal is the Great Horned Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.
Most Recent Government Activity:
- : The Grand Technate was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector, Most Advanced Defense Forces, Largest Information Technology Sector, and Largest Cheese Export Sector and the Top 10% for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
- : The Grand Technate's influence in Institute of Cellulose fell from "Enforcer" to "Dealmaker".
- : The Grand Technate's influence in Institute of Cellulose rose from "Minnow" to "Enforcer".
- : The Grand Technate relocated from Balder to Institute of Cellulose.
- : The Grand Technate changed its national capital to "Ottawa", its currency to "Technatean Pound", its leader to "Ghost of Overseer Clint Woods", its motto to "Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's imperative", and its nation type to "North American Conglomerate".
- : The Grand Technate altered its national flag.
- : The Grand Technate was refounded in Balder.
- : The Grand Technate ceased to exist in Institute of Cellulose.
- : The Grand Technate's influence in Institute of Cellulose fell from "Eminence Grise" to "Enforcer".
- : The Grand Technate lodged a message on the Institute of Cellulose Regional Message Board.