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Rudest Citizens: 3,845thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,882ndLargest Retail Industry: 4,157th
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A z a n i a

Population1.651 billion

CapitalPretoria
LeaderPresident Mandla Zakaza

CurrencyRand
AnimalSpringbok

The Republic of A z a n i a is a massive, genial nation, ruled by President Mandla Zakaza with a fair hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, irreverence towards religion, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.651 billion Azanians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pretoria. The average income tax rate is 66.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Azanian economy, worth 238 trillion Rand a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 144,640 Rand, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

Autocrats are persona non grata, Jennifer Government is a bestseller, the entire entry for A z a n i a in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the World reads 'mostly harmless', and the phrase 'spreading like wildfire' is no longer in the public lexicon. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. A z a n i a's national animal is the Springbok, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

A z a n i a is ranked 37,507th in the world and 31st in Africa for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 241,107.67 Standard Monetary Units.

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Rudest Citizens: 3,845thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,882ndLargest Retail Industry: 4,157thSafest: 5,288thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,079thMost Inclusive: 9,935thMost Efficient Economies: 10,715thTop
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Most Developed: 11,849thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,277thMost Cheerful Citizens: 13,146thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,276thLowest Crime Rates: 13,425thSmartest Citizens: 13,824thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,415thHighest Average Incomes: 14,718thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,090thNicest Citizens: 16,592ndMost Politically Free: 16,713thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,715thHealthiest Citizens: 16,759thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,575thLargest Governments: 18,102ndMost Secular: 18,211thMost Compassionate Citizens: 18,368thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,361stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21,457thBest Weather: 22,333rd
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Largest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionSafest: 5th in the regionMost Politically Free: 6th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionRudest Citizens: 7th in the regionTop
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Most Inclusive: 8th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 9th in the regionMost Secular: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionMost Developed: 11th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 12th in the regionNudest: 12th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 13th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 13th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 13th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Governments: 15th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 15th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 15th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : A z a n i a was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : A z a n i a was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Following new legislation in A z a n i a, the phrase 'spreading like wildfire' is no longer in the public lexicon.
  • : Following new legislation in A z a n i a, the entire entry for A z a n i a in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the World reads 'mostly harmless'.
  • : Following new legislation in A z a n i a, Jennifer Government is a bestseller.
  • : A z a n i a was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in A z a n i a, autocrats are persona non grata.
  • : Following new legislation in A z a n i a, the number of students attending university has reached a record high.
  • : A z a n i a published "A Traditional Azanian Dish: Bobotie" (Account: Culture).
  • : Following new legislation in A z a n i a, stuttering trypanophobes are doomed never to marry.

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