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Highest Poor Incomes: 30thLargest Black Market: 36thLargest Information Technology Sector: 39th
The Technocratic Autocracy of
Democratic Socialists
Obedience Through Suffering
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Population20.32 billion

CapitalGear City
Leaderthe Council of Elders

CurrencyStraits Dollar

The Technocratic Autocracy of Subterannia is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by the Council of Elders with an even hand, and remarkable for its unlimited-speed roads, soft-spoken computers, and vat-grown people. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 20.32 billion Subterannians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Law & Order, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gear City. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Subterannian economy, worth an astonishing 13,505 trillion Straits Dollars 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, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Furniture Restoration. 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 a breathtaking 664,644 Straits Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

There's a lot of mouth-breathers about these days, going on a diet invalidates your passport, they who do not work shall not eat, and hordes of tourists are ruining the environment. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Subterannia's national animal is the Herring, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways, and its national religion is Gearism.

Subterannia is ranked 180,301st in the world and 5,695th in Osiris for Most Influential, scoring 14 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Highest Poor Incomes: 30thLargest Black Market: 36thLargest Information Technology Sector: 39thMost Secular: 77thHighest Average Incomes: 94thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 98thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 100thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 112thMost Scientifically Advanced: 123rdMost Subsidized Industry: 139thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 158thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 183rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 188thMost Developed: 198thHighest Economic Output: 216thLongest Average Lifespans: 219thMost Efficient Economies: 226thMost Advanced Public Transport: 241stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 264thLargest Governments: 339thLowest Crime Rates: 352ndMost Advanced Public Education: 356thMost Corrupt Governments: 366thHealthiest Citizens: 370thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 372ndLargest Mining Sector: 388thSmartest Citizens: 454thMost Inclusive: 674thHighest Average Tax Rates: 717thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 717thMost Cultured: 1,392ndTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,558thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,030thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,217thLargest Populations: 6,331stMost Avoided: 7,223rdTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 17,405thMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,136th
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Governments: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 14th in the regionMost Inclusive: 15th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 18th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 24th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 26th in the regionMost Cultured: 49th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 118th in the regionLargest Populations: 146th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 159th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 341st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 384th in the regionTop
Most Avoided: 439th in the regionRudest Citizens: 629th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 660th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Subterannia's influence in Osiris fell from "Newcomer" to "Hatchling".
  • : Subterannia's influence in Osiris rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Subterannia's influence in Osiris rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Subterannia's influence in Osiris rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Following new legislation in Subterannia, hordes of tourists are ruining the environment.
  • : Following new legislation in Subterannia, they who do not work shall not eat.
  • : Following new legislation in Subterannia, going on a diet invalidates your passport.
  • : Following new legislation in Subterannia, there's a lot of mouth-breathers about these days.
  • : Subterannia was refounded in Osiris.
  • : Subterannia ceased to exist in Osiris.


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