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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,202nd Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,567th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,051st
The Theocracy of
Libertarian Police State
Benigno Numine
Influence
Nipper
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Theocracy of The Zealous Swampites is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Divine Emporer with an iron fist, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and anti-smoking policies. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 7.33 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, well-organized 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 903 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 123,308 Grails, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Drug lords often avoid prison time by teaching "chemistry" classes to underprivileged youth, a suspicious number of male students have joined the Ladies' Wrestling League, the sanitised and dull music festivals of The Zealous Swampites are famed for their reasonable volume levels, and government workers are more efficient and more unhappy than ever. 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 163,216th in the world and 5,368th in Lazarus for Largest Retail Industry, scoring -19.26 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,202ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,567thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,051stHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,387thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,781stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,792ndLargest Governments: 3,583rdLowest Crime Rates: 4,002ndMost Rebellious Youth: 4,338thMost Devout: 4,764thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,812thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,026thMost Developed: 5,494thHealthiest Citizens: 5,598thSafest: 5,727thMost Cultured: 5,874thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,417thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,550thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,096thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,915thTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 9,054thNudest: 9,215thMost Pacifist: 9,334thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,595thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,810thHighest Economic Output: 12,182ndMost Corrupt Governments: 12,875thSmartest Citizens: 12,924thNicest Citizens: 14,331st
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 66th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 66th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 121st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 123rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 133rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 137th in the regionLargest Governments: 172nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 195th in the regionMost Developed: 204th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 210th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 222nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 233rd in the regionMost Cultured: 250th in the regionMost Devout: 253rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 254th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 275th in the regionTop
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Safest: 325th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 330th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 350th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 360th in the regionNudest: 407th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 423rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 484th in the regionMost Pacifist: 490th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 505th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 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.
  • : The Zealous Swampites was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Inclusive.
  • : The Zealous Swampites's influence in Lazarus rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Following new legislation in The Zealous Swampites, the sanitised and dull music festivals of The Zealous Swampites are famed for their reasonable volume levels.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zealous Swampites, a suspicious number of male students have joined the Ladies' Wrestling League.
  • : The Zealous Swampites was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport.
  • : The Zealous Swampites's influence in Lazarus rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Following new legislation in The Zealous Swampites, drug lords often avoid prison time by teaching "chemistry" classes to underprivileged youth.
  • : The Zealous Swampites was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nicest Citizens.

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