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Rudest Citizens: 273rdLargest Retail Industry: 530thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 694th
The Confederacy of
Corporate Bordello
Das Staat ist für der Volk
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Zenstaat

Population3.422 billion

CapitalZendorf
LeaderThe Confederate Counsel

CurrencyGülder
AnimalBison

The Confederacy of Zenstaat is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by The Confederate Counsel with a fair hand, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, smutty television, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 3.422 billion Zenstaatians 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 minute, pro-business government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order and Industry are also considered important, while Welfare and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zendorf. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Zenstaatian economy, worth 681 trillion Gülders a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 199,208 Gülders, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,092,378 per year while the poor average 18,500, a ratio of 59.0 to 1.

Zenstaat Barrier Island residents anxiously await their 'Bridge to Somewhere', bored politicians often entertain themselves with games of Simon during important votes, tourists call Zenstaatian beach towns "the fine coastline", and child shoplifters spend half their youth behind bars. Crime is a problem. Zenstaat's national animal is the Bison, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Zenstaat is ranked 97,262nd in the world and 76th in The Hole To Hide In for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 1,502.43 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

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Rudest Citizens: 273rdLargest Retail Industry: 530thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 694thFattest Citizens: 751stMost Avoided: 1,037thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,299thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,784thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,950thTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 2,320thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,716thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,112thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,756thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,792ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,931stLargest Gambling Industry: 5,287thHighest Average Incomes: 6,387thMost Armed: 6,576thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6,761stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7,205thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,512thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8,503rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,314thTop
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Least Corrupt Governments: 11,004thLargest Insurance Industry: 11,837thMost Ignorant Citizens: 12,579thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,271stMost Efficient Economies: 14,341stHighest Drug Use: 14,989thMost Pro-Market: 15,238thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,269th
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Fattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6th in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 7th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionNudest: 8th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 10th in the regionMost Armed: 10th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 10th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Zenstaat was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Zenstaat, child shoplifters spend half their youth behind bars.
  • : Following new legislation in Zenstaat, tourists call Zenstaatian beach towns "the fine coastline".
  • : Following new legislation in Zenstaat, bored politicians often entertain themselves with games of Simon during important votes.
  • : Following new legislation in Zenstaat, Zenstaat Barrier Island residents anxiously await their 'Bridge to Somewhere'.
  • : Following new legislation in Zenstaat, hell is not always other people.
  • : Zenstaat was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Crime Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Zenstaat, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Zenstaat, the tenet of free speech is held dear.
  • : Zenstaat was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.

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