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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,557thMost Secular: 2,708thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,789th
The Experiment ZX09 of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Nothing Matters Unless It Matters
Sun Wu Kong
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Sacred Whale

Population3.936 billion

LeaderSun Wu Kong


The Experiment ZX09 of The Sacred Whale is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Sun Wu Kong with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 3.936 billion Omnivores are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sancrosanct. The average income tax rate is 92.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Sacred Whalean economy, worth 656 trillion Credits a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Book Publishing. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 166,819 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The country is governed by a clique of political insiders known colloquially as The Establishment, royal mothers accustomed to baby-talk assure the troops "we gweatly wespect your service; yes, we do", airport announcements inform passengers that flights have been delayed because pilots are having afternoon naps, and people talk about things being better when men were men. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Sacred Whale's national animal is the Crow, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheism.

The Sacred Whale is ranked 25,289th in the world and 1,133rd in Lazarus for Most Authoritarian, with 1,944.97 milliStalins.

Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,557thMost Secular: 2,708thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,789thHealthiest Citizens: 4,099thLowest Crime Rates: 5,086thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,150thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,263rdSmartest Citizens: 5,276thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,012thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,119thLargest Governments: 6,180thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,273rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,385thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,480thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,620thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,815thMost Efficient Economies: 7,077thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,358thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,455thBest Weather: 7,722ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,842ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,756thLargest Black Market: 9,313thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,844thHighest Average Incomes: 10,311thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 12,013thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,784thMost Developed: 15,578th
Largest Information Technology Sector: 109th in the regionMost Secular: 131st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 179th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 225th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 255th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 255th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 281st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 292nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 302nd in the regionLargest Governments: 308th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 321st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 330th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 335th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 336th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 348th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 353rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 356th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 366th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 377th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 385th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 393rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 402nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 421st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 528th in the regionLargest Black Market: 534th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 567th in the region

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