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Most Primitive: 1,262ndLargest Gambling Industry: 1,375thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,403rd
The Sultanate of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Might Makes Right
Influence
Eminence Grise
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Zahootan

Population2.442 billion

CapitalTehran

Currencyrial
Animalfalcon

The Sultanate of Zahootan is a massive, orderly nation, renowned for its lack of airports, keen interest in outer space, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.442 billion Zahootanians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tehran. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 69.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Zahootanian economy, worth 263 trillion rials a year, is quite specialized and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Basket Weaving, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 107,962 rials, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 318,179 per year while the poor average 28,825, a ratio of 11.0 to 1.

Rare art has become a significant factor in negotiating all foreign trade agreements, family isn't who you're born with but who you abandon in foreign countries, subsidisation of Big Pharma has stopped many corporate executives from having to sell their second homes, and lending money has become a major liability. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zahootan's national animal is the falcon, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Zahootan is ranked 11,754th in the world and 2nd in Iran for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 3,018.66 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

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Most Primitive: 1,262ndLargest Gambling Industry: 1,375thTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,403rdLargest Mining Sector: 3,611thNudest: 4,702ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 5,224thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,858thMost Avoided: 5,897thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8,296thLargest Black Market: 9,187thMost Secular: 9,373rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,754thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,706thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,080thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,397thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,603rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18,105thMost Efficient Economies: 21,395thLargest Retail Industry: 22,516th
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Most Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zahootan, lending money has become a major liability.
  • : Following new legislation in Zahootan, subsidisation of Big Pharma has stopped many corporate executives from having to sell their second homes.
  • : Following new legislation in Zahootan, family isn't who you're born with but who you abandon in foreign countries.
  • : Following new legislation in Zahootan, rare art has become a significant factor in negotiating all foreign trade agreements.
  • : Zahootan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport.
  • : Following new legislation in Zahootan, a decrease in wailing and gnashing of teeth at astronomical events is reducing demand for dentistry.
  • : Following new legislation in Zahootan, pootling steam trains carry delighted tourists and frustrated businessmen from city to city at a snail's pace.
  • : Following new legislation in Zahootan, the government is spending millions on lawyers' fees trying to get Leader off a murder charge.
  • : Following new legislation in Zahootan, sales of fishnet stockings have reached a record high.
  • : Following new legislation in Zahootan, knitters are arrested for carrying needles in their bags.

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