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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 462nd Highest Economic Output: 960th Largest Publishing Industry: 1,242nd
The Incorporated States of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Freedom is never truly free unless you work for it.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population31.218 billion

LeaderPresident Grant Haffner


The Incorporated States of Sarzonia is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by President Grant Haffner with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and smutty television. The compassionate, cheerful population of 31.218 billion Sarzonians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The tiny government juggles the competing demands of Education, Social Policy, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Woodstock. The average income tax rate is 3.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Sarzonian economy, worth a remarkable 6,264 trillion dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Trout Farming, and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 200,678 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children are often punished for the sins of the fathers, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal, families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain, and a well-funded social safety net protects the unfortunate. Crime is totally unknown. Sarzonia's national animal is the tiger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Sarzonia is ranked 1,983rd in the world and 6th in Atlantian Oceania for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 182.05 on the Hayek Index.

Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 462ndHighest Economic Output: 960thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,242ndLargest Populations: 1,343rdTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 1,751stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,836thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,983rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,093rdLargest Insurance Industry: 2,368thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,397thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,574thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,780thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,034thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,161stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,183rdSmartest Citizens: 5,019thMost Inclusive: 5,514thHighest Average Incomes: 5,579thMost Influential: 6,191stNicest Citizens: 7,205thTop
Most Developed: 7,679thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,908thSafest: 7,931stBest Weather: 8,359thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,508thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,043rdMost Secular: 9,128thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,339thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,435thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,519thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10,636thHealthiest Citizens: 11,391stMost Cultured: 11,649thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,517thMost Stationary: 12,564thLowest Crime Rates: 13,162ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,465thLargest Agricultural Sector: 14,864th
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 8th in the regionMost Secular: 8th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionNicest Citizens: 9th in the regionTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Populations: 10th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 11th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 13th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionMost Influential: 13th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 15th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 15th in the regionSafest: 15th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 15th in the regionMost Income Equality: 15th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 15th in the regionBest Weather: 16th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 16th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 17th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sarzonia, a well-funded social safety net protects the unfortunate.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarzonia, families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarzonia, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarzonia, children are often punished for the sins of the fathers.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarzonia, oil executives can be seen reluctantly cleaning oil-soaked birds.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarzonia, libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarzonia, the nation's massive battleships are often mistaken for islands.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarzonia, government buildings are being cleansed of anything that might have racist connotations.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarzonia, hospitals are amongst the best-funded in the region.
  • : Following new legislation in Sarzonia, homophobia is off the menu.


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