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Largest Information Technology Sector: 142ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 468thHighest Poor Incomes: 526th
The ឵឵឵឵ of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Stoke the forge and bathe the land in cleansing fire.
Influence
Truckler
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

Overview Factbook Dispatches Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Island Zero

Population2.553 billion

CapitalThe Furnace
LeaderZ3

Currencybit
Animaltardigrade

The ឵឵឵឵ of Island Zero is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Z3 with an even hand, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, digital currency, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 2.553 billion Islanders have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Furnace. The average income tax rate is 93.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Zeron economy, worth a remarkable 1,022 trillion bits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 400,395 bits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Practising saying 'how now brown cow' is an essential part of holiday planning, tourist operators promise visitors tours of live burning shipwrecks and plane crash sites, cleaners are very careful not to bump into the big red button on Z3's desk, and main battle tanks stalk the woods of Island Zero in search of tardigrades. Crime is totally unknown. Island Zero's national animal is the tardigrade, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Island Zero is ranked 3,491st in the world and 19th in The Alliance of Dictators for Largest Governments, scoring 45.37 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 142ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 468thHighest Poor Incomes: 526thMost Advanced Public Education: 737thHighest Average Incomes: 785thMost Secular: 811thLargest Insurance Industry: 993rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,221stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,296thRudest Citizens: 1,355thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,394thMost Avoided: 1,418thSmartest Citizens: 1,496thLargest Mining Sector: 1,742ndLargest Black Market: 1,992ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,286thTop
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Most Developed: 2,788thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,939thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,002ndLargest Governments: 3,491stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,768thMost Efficient Economies: 4,019thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,159thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,294thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,523rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,957thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,992ndLargest Retail Industry: 6,442ndMost Influential: 8,076thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,802ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9,890thFattest Citizens: 11,488thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 12,225thMost Rebellious Youth: 14,366thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,560thLowest Crime Rates: 17,225thHighest Economic Output: 18,156thMost Armed: 19,269th
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Rudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 6th in the regionTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Developed: 8th in the regionMost Average: 8th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 11th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Island Zero, main battle tanks stalk the woods of Island Zero in search of tardigrades.
  • : Following new legislation in Island Zero, cleaners are very careful not to bump into the big red button on Z3's desk.
  • : Following new legislation in Island Zero, tourist operators promise visitors tours of live burning shipwrecks and plane crash sites.
  • : Following new legislation in Island Zero, practising saying 'how now brown cow' is an essential part of holiday planning.
  • : Following new legislation in Island Zero, the military recognizes no difference between male and female soldiers.
  • : Following new legislation in Island Zero, cars speed down national highways while drivers sleep at the wheel.
  • : Island Zero was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Secular and the Top 5% for Fattest Citizens.
  • : Island Zero voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Protected Working Leave"".
  • : Following new legislation in Island Zero, it is illegal for a parent to tell a child to stop eating their boogers.
  • : Following new legislation in Island Zero, posh restaurants scatter glass fragments on the dining room floor to keep out barefoot undesirables.

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