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Largest Information Technology Sector: 58thMost Corrupt Governments: 87thLargest Black Market: 88th
The Technocracy of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Protecting you from yourself.
Doctor Gray
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Bonum commune Institute

Population13.382 billion

CapitalNovum City
LeaderDoctor Gray

CurrencyCredit
AnimalAnt

The Technocracy of The Bonum commune Institute is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Doctor Gray with an iron fist, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, rampant corporate plagiarism, and soft-spoken computers. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 13.382 billion Subjects 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 is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Industry, and Administration also on the agenda, while Welfare and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Novum City. The average income tax rate is 99.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Bonum commune Institutean economy, worth a remarkable 8,608 trillion Credits 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 Woodchip 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 a breathtaking 643,300 Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.5 times as much as the poorest.

Doctor Gray's iHouse is so intelligent that it manages its own social media accounts, military instructors tire of being asked for another bedtime story by seven-year-old conscripts, police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom, and they say insanity is torturing the same citizens over and over again and expecting a different result. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. The Bonum commune Institute's national animal is the Ant, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

The Bonum commune Institute is ranked 181,907th in the world and 4,951st in the West Pacific for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring -6.32 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 58thMost Corrupt Governments: 87thLargest Black Market: 88thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 100thHighest Average Incomes: 112thLargest Mining Sector: 141stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 186thHighest Poor Incomes: 227thMost Scientifically Advanced: 233rdMost Secular: 271stLargest Agricultural Sector: 289thLargest Insurance Industry: 307thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 335thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 340thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 344thMost Subsidized Industry: 406thLowest Crime Rates: 410thFattest Citizens: 442ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 486thMost Avoided: 531stLargest Governments: 556thHighest Economic Output: 605thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 626thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 838thSmartest Citizens: 930thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,075thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,257thMost Efficient Economies: 1,277thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,294thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,503rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,530thTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,339thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,220thRudest Citizens: 4,907thMost Stationary: 5,278thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,201stMost Conservative: 6,810thMost Authoritarian: 8,258thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,434thTop
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Most Influential: 12,019thMost Valuable International Artwork: 13,178thLargest Retail Industry: 13,224thMost Developed: 17,277thLargest Populations: 17,800thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 21,990th
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Largest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionMost Secular: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 9th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 9th in the regionFattest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Avoided: 11th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Governments: 12th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 20th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 25th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 26th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 27th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 27th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 28th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 31st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 45th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 54th in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 73rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 129th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 138th in the regionLargest Populations: 152nd in the regionMost Conservative: 205th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 240th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 262nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 288th in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 316th in the regionMost Developed: 389th in the regionMost Extreme: 419th in the regionMost Influential: 438th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 485th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Bonum commune Institute, they say insanity is torturing the same citizens over and over again and expecting a different result.
  • : Following new legislation in The Bonum commune Institute, police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom.
  • : Following new legislation in The Bonum commune Institute, military instructors tire of being asked for another bedtime story by seven-year-old conscripts.
  • : Following new legislation in The Bonum commune Institute, Doctor Gray's iHouse is so intelligent that it manages its own social media accounts.
  • : Following new legislation in The Bonum commune Institute, wood-framed catapults are ready to launch diseased corpses into besieged cities.
  • : Following new legislation in The Bonum commune Institute, drill sergeants yell in the ears of bespectacled nerds in cybermilitary "reboot camps".
  • : Following new legislation in The Bonum commune Institute, poets and writers are regularly rounded up and shot for entertainment.
  • : Following new legislation in The Bonum commune Institute, professionals are ready to retire by the time they receive permission to use their credentials.
  • : Following new legislation in The Bonum commune Institute, Renaissance frescos are being chiselled off public walls.
  • : Following new legislation in The Bonum commune Institute, the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit.

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