by Max Barry

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,377th Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,612th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,047th
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The Theocracy of The Zealous Swampites is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Divine Emporer with an iron fist, and renowned for its public floggings, state-planned economy, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 6.458 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.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt, well-organized government stops and the rest of society begins, but it 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 788 trillion Grails a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Tourism. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is an impressive 122,134 Grails, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

School teachers check the staff room for hidden webcams before complaining about rebellious students, citizens cannot change their light bulbs without approval from an international committee, Maxtopian Grass flags adorn every college dorm room, and no one born in The Zealous Swampites can fix a leaky faucet. 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 178,109th in the world and 4,923rd in Osiris for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -488.03 on the Hayek Index.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,377thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,612thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,047thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,502ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,740thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,778thLargest Governments: 3,821stLowest Crime Rates: 4,234thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,438thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,694thMost Devout: 4,797thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,881stMost Developed: 5,101stHealthiest Citizens: 5,566thMost Cultured: 6,047thMost Influential: 6,299thSafest: 6,307thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,412thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,593rdLargest Welfare Programs: 7,276thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,683rdMost Beautiful Environments: 8,893rdTop
Most Pacifist: 10,478thNudest: 10,829thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,915thMost Compassionate Citizens: 12,594thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,254thHighest Economic Output: 13,660thSmartest Citizens: 13,855thMost Efficient Economies: 16,753rdBest Weather: 17,757thNicest Citizens: 17,819th
Most Advanced Public Transport: 43rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 50th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 74th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 77th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 92nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 105th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 123rd in the regionLargest Governments: 127th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 153rd in the regionMost Developed: 153rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 158th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 162nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 179th in the regionMost Cultured: 188th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 191st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 212th in the regionMost Devout: 216th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 251st in the regionSafest: 271st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 304th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 331st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 349th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 356th in the regionNudest: 370th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 429th in the regionMost Pacifist: 446th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 476th in the region

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