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The Brazen Panoply of Steam and Clockwork

“A God in every Machine”

Category: Corporate Bordello
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Location: The Horde

Regional Influence: Dealmaker


The Brazen Panoply of Steam and Clockwork is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Archsophist Archimedes Babbage with a fair hand, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, irreverence towards religion, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 10.261 billion Cogs are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The medium-sized, corrupt, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gear and Sprocket. The average income tax rate is 98.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Cog economy, worth a remarkable 4,876 trillion atomic bucks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an amazing 475,252 atomic bucks, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,258,051 per year while the poor average 6,832, a ratio of 623 to 1.

Listless juries are assembled for the simplest of court cases, city rooftops are pockmarked with the shattered remains of high velocity delivery drones, military minds worry that 'the blue screen of death' on brand new operating systems may be a literal description, and the daily weather forecast often predicts light showers of debris. Crime is totally unknown. Steam and Clockwork's national animal is the Automaton, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Cult of Dædalus.

Steam and Clockwork is ranked 1,934th in the world and 2nd in The Horde for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 10,744.29 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Most Efficient Economies: 31stMost Scientifically Advanced: 32ndSmartest Citizens: 67thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 72ndRudest Citizens: 85thMost Subsidized Industry: 143rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 196thLargest Publishing Industry: 210thLargest Retail Industry: 210thMost Cultured: 296thMost Secular: 364thLargest Agricultural Sector: 401stLargest Governments: 474thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 475thHighest Average Incomes: 484thHighest Food Quality: 538thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 766thMost Inclusive: 808thMost Advanced Public Education: 860thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,278thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,564thMost Pro-Market: 1,644thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,841stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,934thMost Developed: 1,998thLowest Crime Rates: 2,025thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,113thHighest Economic Output: 2,730thTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 2,849thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,147thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,601stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,818thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,886thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,225thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,660thHealthiest Citizens: 5,453rdLargest Welfare Programs: 6,066thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,469thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,553rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,840thMost Patriotic: 8,393rdLargest Insurance Industry: 9,074thNicest Citizens: 11,226thMost Stationary: 12,611thTop
Most Influential: 14,926thLargest Mining Sector: 17,908thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19,919thMost Politically Free: 25,555th
Most Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
Most Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the region

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