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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,163rd Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,508th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,073rd
The Theocracy of
Libertarian Police State
Benigno Numine
Influence
Nipper
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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The Theocracy of The Zealous Swampites is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Divine Emporer with an iron fist, and notable for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cynical population of 7.681 billion Swampesians are proud of their wide-ranging civil freedoms, and those who aren't tend to be dragged off the streets by men in dark suits and hustled into cars with tinted windows.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, liberal morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Swamp of Santification. The average income tax rate is 97.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Zealous Swampitesian economy, worth 947 trillion Grails 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 Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 123,370 Grails, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Government workers are more efficient and more unhappy than ever, a sledgehammer and a spray can are seen as the default tools of political debate, tradesmen will knock 10% off their fees if customers pay cash, and drones are unable to lift the weight of their accompanying paperwork. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Zealous Swampites's national animal is the Lamb, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Path of the Righteous Smiter.

The Zealous Swampites is ranked 20,764th in the world and 948th in Lazarus for Best Weather, with 145 Meters Of Sunlight.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,163rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,508thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,073rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,396thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,939thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,973rdLargest Governments: 3,679thLowest Crime Rates: 4,140thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,332ndMost Advanced Public Education: 4,931stMost Subsidized Industry: 5,220thHealthiest Citizens: 5,820thMost Developed: 5,843rdSafest: 5,866thMost Cultured: 6,032ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,800thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,894thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,159thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,581stNudest: 8,967thTop
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Most Pacifist: 9,688thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,942ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,789thHighest Economic Output: 12,056thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,141stSmartest Citizens: 13,024thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,851stNicest Citizens: 14,560thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 15,937thMost Inclusive: 17,006th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 56th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 65th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 111th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 112th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 114th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 140th in the regionLargest Governments: 170th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 203rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 214th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 223rd in the regionMost Developed: 229th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 247th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 259th in the regionMost Cultured: 268th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 284th in the regionTop
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Safest: 312th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 345th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 372nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 373rd in the regionNudest: 374th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 451st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 490th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 512th in the regionMost Pacifist: 516th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 560th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Zealous Swampites, drones are unable to lift the weight of their accompanying paperwork.
  • : The Zealous Swampites was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nudest.
  • : The Zealous Swampites was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nudest and the Top 10% for Most Extensive Civil Rights.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zealous Swampites, tradesmen will knock 10% off their fees if customers pay cash.
  • : The Zealous Swampites was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Dead.
  • : The Zealous Swampites was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Zombies.
  • : The Zealous Swampites was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Inclusive.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zealous Swampites, a sledgehammer and a spray can are seen as the default tools of political debate.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zealous Swampites, government workers are more efficient and more unhappy than ever.
  • : The Zealous Swampites was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Inclusive.

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