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The Zealous Swampites

Population7.989 billion

CapitalSwamp of Santification
LeaderDivine Emporer
FaithPath of the Righteous Smiter


The Theocracy of The Zealous Swampites is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Divine Emporer with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, sprawling nuclear power plants, and pith helmet sales. The compassionate, cynical population of 7.989 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 97.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Zealous Swampitesian economy, worth 994 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 124,462 Grails, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Relations with Dàguó have warmed from frosty to chilly, the thin blue line is composed of picketing police officers demanding better pensions, an endless multinational bureaucracy connects the Red Bloc, and cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high. 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 180,870th in the world and 5,574th in Balder for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring -8.9 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,878thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,444thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,856thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,872ndLargest Governments: 3,865thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,069thLowest Crime Rates: 4,372ndMost Subsidized Industry: 5,047thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,131stHealthiest Citizens: 5,907thMost Cultured: 6,387thMost Developed: 6,538thSafest: 6,571stLargest Welfare Programs: 6,683rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,168thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,351stLongest Average Lifespans: 9,031stNudest: 9,054thTop
Most Pacifist: 10,204thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,371stMost Corrupt Governments: 11,110thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,303rdHighest Economic Output: 12,163rdHighest Poor Incomes: 12,195thSmartest Citizens: 14,234thNicest Citizens: 14,693rdMost Inclusive: 16,773rdMost Extensive Civil Rights: 17,819th
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 104th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 109th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 114th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 126th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 149th in the regionLargest Governments: 168th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 189th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 198th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 207th in the regionMost Developed: 226th in the regionMost Cultured: 233rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 238th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 292nd in the regionTop
Safest: 326th in the regionNudest: 328th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 343rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 343rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 355th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 365th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 438th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 483rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 503rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 511th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 542nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 542nd in the region

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