Founded by Aristos, a front company of various European universities in 2032 c.e.(63 A.T), after EU dept of education stated goal of "standardising" all European education. Consists of a network of geodesic domes covering an artificial island built by the EU three years earlier as an experiment. Later sold to cover construction costs.
Academion was noted as a centre for research into human genetic engineering and artificial intelligence. Like other artificial islands in the region (such as Lyonesse and Doggerland), Academion encouraged the study of these subjects, despite being strictly regulated and discouraged elsewhere.
Several important breakthoughs in artificial intelligence, human genetic engineering and nanotechnology were acheived here, before the Academion Free State was re-established in orbit in 120 A.T. The following information is taken from the CIA worldbook for Academion Free State, 2044 c.e. (75 A.T.) edition, preserved in the Luna Historical Databanks.
Location: North Sea, approximately 120nm from Norwegian coastline Geographic coordinates: 57 00 N, 03 00 E Continental affiliation: Europe Area: total: 7.07 sq km land: 7 sq km water: 0.07 sq km
Area - comparative:
Land boundaries: 0 km Border countries: none Coastline: 9.5 km Maritime claims: territorial sea: 3 nm Climate: Artificially controlled
Elevation extremes: lowest point: North Sea 0m highest point: highest point: Academion Clocktower 164m Natural resources: none Land use: arable land: 0% permanent crops: 0% permanent pastures: 0% forests and woodland: 10% other: 90% (2041 est.) Irrigated land: NA Natural hazards: NA Environment - current issues: limited natural fresh water resources
Population: 22,326 (2044 est.) Age structure: 0-14 years: 12% 15-64 years: 80% 65 years and over: 8% Population growth rate: 6.6% (2044 est.) Birth rate: NA Death rate: NA Net migration rate: 32.7 per 1000 Sex ratio: at birth: 1.0 male(s)/female under 15 years: 1.0 male(s)/female 15-64 years: 1.2 male(s)/female 65 years and over: 1.4 male(s)/female total population: 1.15 male(s)/female Infant mortality rate: 0 deaths/1000 live births Life expectancy at birth: total population: 120.84 years male: 118.72 years female: 122.95 years (2044 est.) note: Telomere therapy standard for all inhabitants as of 2043 Nationality: noun: Academion(s) adjective: Academion Ethnic groups: Various Religions: Atheist (Official), Various Languages: English (Official), Various Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read and write total population: 100% male: 100% female: 100%
Country name: conventional long form: Free State of Academion conventional short form: Academion Data code: AC Dependency status: NA Government type: parliamentary democracy Capital: University administration buildings Independence: 18 July 2032 National holiday: Founding Day (18 July) Constitution: 20 July 2032 Legal system: English law Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal Executive branch: chief of state: Doctor GEORGE SOUTH (since 9 September 2040) head of government: Doctor GEORGE SOUTH (since 9 September 2040) cabinet: Heads of Departments, selected by academic staff plus student representative, support staff representatives and Finance representative. Legislative branch: Legislative branch: Academic board (42 seats - selected by popular vote each academic year) elections: 10 November 2044 note: No political parties, head of state is selected from heads of departments, serves until retirement from post. Judicial branch: Academic Review, Criminal Court, Academic Board Political parties and leaders: none Political pressure groups and leaders: Island residents association, Student council, Union of university workers International organization participation: ESA, EFTA, Foresight institute, IAEA, IMF, Interpol, OECD, UN, UNESCO, WHO Diplomatic representation in the US: none (handled by UN delegation) Diplomatic representation from the US: none Flag description: none
Economy - overview: Academion benefits offshore banking, scientific research, freeport status, teaching and its status as an international conference center. the financial sector accounts for 52% of GDP, patent royalties, student fees, research contracts and satellite launch facilities also generate revenue. GDP: purchasing power parity - $12.9 Billion (2044 est.) GDP - composition by sector:agriculture: 0% industry: 5% services: 95% Population below poverty line: NA% Household income or consumption by percentage share: lowest 10%: NA% highest 10%: NA% Inflation rate (consumer prices): 0.9% (2043) Labor force: 12,211 Labor force - by occupation: services 95%, industry 5%, agriculture 0% Unemployment rate: 0% (2044) Industries: banking and finance, scientific research, education, satellite launch, hydroponics, tourism Industrial production growth rate: NA% Electricity - production: 570 million kWh (2044) Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 0% hydro: 5% nuclear: 90% other: 5% (2044) Electricity - consumption: 520 million kWh (2044) Electricity - exports: 50 million kWh (2044) Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2044) Agriculture - products: none Exports:Exports - commodities: (principally reexports) Exports - partners: UK, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, US Imports:Imports - commodities: manufactured goods, foodstuffs, fuels Imports - partners: UK, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, US Debt - external: $NA Economic aid - donor: none Currency: 1 Academion Credit = 100 Centicredits Exchange rate: 1 AC = 2.5 euros Fiscal year: 1 July - 30 June
bandwidth number: 22 Tbit/s Telephones - mobile cellular: 206,159 (2044 est.) Telephone system: general assessment: integrated automatic digital telephone system domestic: NA international: 3 satellite base stations; 2 submarine cables Internet country code: edu Computers: 386,980 Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 9 (2044 est.) Internet users: 22,326 (2044 est.) Digital Subscriber World Link (DSWLs): 12
Railways: total: NA Highways: total: 12Km paved: 12Km unpaved: 0km Waterways: NA Pipelines: NA Ports and harbors: Academion Merchant marine: total: 7 ships by type: satellite launch vessels 2, passenger vessels 4, cargo vessels 1 Airports: 1 (2044 est.) Airports - with paved runways: total: 1 Runway length 1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 0 Heliports: 1 (2044 est.)
Military branches: note: defense is the responsibility of Norway
Disputes, international: independence dispute with EU, research into nanotechnology, research into human genetic engineering, research into artificial intelligence, research into cognitive science
Lyonesse - Text by Steve Bowers Artificial island built in the English Channel as a Free State, established in 78 A.T.. A centre for research into artificial intelligence and measures against anthropogenic global warming.