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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,701st Most Influential: 3,746th Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,391st
The Amateur Reporter of
Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population630 million

CapitalThe Capital District


The Amateur Reporter of Zess is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its smutty television, daily referendums, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 630 million Zessians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Capital District. The average income tax rate is 69.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Zessian economy, worth 59.5 trillion Z-coins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Basket Weaving, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 94,443 Z-coins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Travellers are often forcibly evicted by torch-bearing mobs, a vast monorail network carries people all over the country, police officers that upset their bosses get assigned to 24 hour stakeouts of bike sheds, and doctors spend more time writing sick notes than caring for the sick. Crime is totally unknown. Zess's national animal is the neko, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Zess is ranked 76,847th in the world and 3,567th in the South Pacific for Highest Drug Use, scoring 65.8 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,701stTop
Most Influential: 3,746thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,391stMost Pacifist: 6,595thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,788thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,613thNicest Citizens: 8,322ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,363rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,459thTop
Most Inclusive: 8,634thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,671stLeast Corrupt Governments: 10,291stBest Weather: 10,501stLargest Agricultural Sector: 11,092ndHealthiest Citizens: 11,196thMost Secular: 11,411thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,679thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,601stMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,780thSafest: 13,468thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,811thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,294thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,517thSmartest Citizens: 17,062nd
Most Rebellious Youth: 163rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 173rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 203rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 215th in the regionMost Pacifist: 223rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 270th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 278th in the regionNicest Citizens: 285th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 305th in the regionMost Inclusive: 315th in the regionBest Weather: 323rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 329th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 337th in the regionMost Influential: 342nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 365th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 375th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 378th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 391st in the regionMost Secular: 395th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 439th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 446th in the regionSafest: 483rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 502nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 502nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 506th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 517th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 536th in the regionLargest Governments: 709th in the regionMost Cultured: 767th in the region

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