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Most Extreme: 41stMost Authoritarian: 160thMost Conservative: 342nd
The Rogue Nation of
Psychotic Dictatorship
We ate the letter Z
Influence
Unproven
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Imploded
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Islands of ZZ

Population176 million

CurrencyZZcash
AnimalZZebra

The Rogue Nation of The Islands of ZZ is a very large, safe nation, renowned for its zero percent divorce rate, restrictive gun laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical population of 176 million Islands of ZZians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Welfare, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 75.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The imploded Islands of ZZian economy, worth 844 billion ZZcashes 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 led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Cheese Exports, Information Technology, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is 4,797 ZZcashes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Politicians preface their speeches with a declaration that any resemblance to speeches given by individuals living or dead is purely coincidental, student athletes gaze forlornly at abandoned ZZebraball fields, wedding bands come in pairs to form wedding manacles, and fewer people are bathing as citizens must show ration stamps before they can turn on their faucets. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Islands of ZZ's national animal is the ZZebra, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Islands of ZZ is ranked 53,651st in the world and 1,466th in the South Pacific for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 35.75 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

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Most Extreme: 41stMost Authoritarian: 160thMost Conservative: 342ndMost Income Equality: 455thTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 10,124thTop
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Safest: 13,689thMost Pacifist: 15,406thHighest Average Tax Rates: 20,609th
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Most Extreme: 2nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 6th in the regionMost Income Equality: 11th in the regionMost Conservative: 14th in the regionTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 430th in the regionSafest: 486th in the regionTop
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Most Patriotic: 571st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 590th in the regionMost Pacifist: 636th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 796th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 842nd in the regionMost Secular: 852nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Islands of ZZ's influence in The South Pacific rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Following new legislation in The Islands of ZZ, fewer people are bathing as citizens must show ration stamps before they can turn on their faucets.
  • : Following new legislation in The Islands of ZZ, wedding bands come in pairs to form wedding manacles.
  • : Following new legislation in The Islands of ZZ, student athletes gaze forlornly at abandoned ZZebraball fields.
  • : Following new legislation in The Islands of ZZ, politicians preface their speeches with a declaration that any resemblance to speeches given by individuals living or dead is purely coincidental.
  • : The Islands of ZZ relocated from Balder to The South Pacific.
  • : The Islands of ZZ's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Following new legislation in The Islands of ZZ, 'Totally Not Partisan News' is a line item on the government budget.
  • : Following new legislation in The Islands of ZZ, dozens of viewers go online to hear whether a comma has been added to Clause 5 in Subsection B of Law 58375.
  • : Following new legislation in The Islands of ZZ, glamping Islands of ZZians won't sleep in a tent that doesn't include a Jacuzzi.

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