by Max Barry

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 861st Most Cheerful Citizens: 1,148th Least Corrupt Governments: 1,150th
The Socialist Empire of
Left-wing Utopia
Non-Corrupt Socialism
Civil Rights
World Benchmark
Political Freedom

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Population11.632 billion



The Socialist Empire of The EOZ is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Zaktan with a fair hand, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, irreverence towards religion, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 11.632 billion Skakdis are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zakaz. The average income tax rate is 98.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Skakdi economy, worth a remarkable 2,158 trillion Delfaks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 185,528 Delfaks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

10-year-olds who struggle with integrating by parts are considered slow learners, most ambassadors from The EOZ retire only a few years after being appointed, scientists earn more grant money for reproducing old experiments than trying anything new, and the seventh son of a seventh son is fated to be a millionaire. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The EOZ's national animal is the Piraka, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The EOZ is ranked 3,333rd in the world and 15th in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 861stMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,148thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,150thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,458thSafest: 1,482ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,531stNicest Citizens: 1,572ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,594thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,665thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,669thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,680thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,680thMost Inclusive: 1,724thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 1,866thLargest Governments: 1,997thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,039thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,050thMost Cultured: 2,064thMost Developed: 2,067thBest Weather: 2,069thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,081stMost Advanced Public Education: 2,183rdLargest Welfare Programs: 2,375thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,681stHealthiest Citizens: 2,744thSmartest Citizens: 3,110thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,156thMost Efficient Economies: 3,333rdMost Influential: 3,905thMost Pacifist: 3,943rdLowest Crime Rates: 4,958thHighest Economic Output: 5,371stMost Politically Free: 6,132ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,541stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,893rdHighest Average Incomes: 7,143rdNudest: 7,960thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 9,182ndMost Stationary: 9,291stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 10,777thMost Income Equality: 11,459thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,187thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,237thLargest Populations: 16,379th
Most Subsidized Industry: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionBest Weather: 13th in the regionLargest Governments: 14th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 14th in the regionMost Stationary: 14th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14th in the regionSafest: 14th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 15th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 15th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 15th in the regionNudest: 16th in the regionMost Politically Free: 16th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 17th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 17th in the regionTop
Most Inclusive: 18th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 18th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 19th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 19th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 19th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 20th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 20th in the regionMost Cultured: 20th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 21st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 21st in the regionMost Developed: 21st in the regionMost Extreme: 23rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 23rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 24th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 24th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 25th in the regionLargest Populations: 27th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 27th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 28th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 30th in the regionMost Influential: 30th in the region

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