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Healthiest Citizens: 530th Best Weather: 649th Safest: 898th
The Empire of
Democratic Socialists
Enim Incolumitas Per Sanitas
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Weak
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Zakuvia

Population14.135 billion

CapitalSide 3
LeaderEmperor Solidus
FaithUtilism

CurrencyImperial Credit
AnimalHawk

The Empire of Zakuvia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Solidus with an even hand, and renowned for its closed borders, pith helmet sales, and compulsory military service. The compassionate, cheerful population of 14.135 billion Zakuvians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Side 3. The average income tax rate is 95.2%.

The large but sluggish Zakuvian economy, worth 747 trillion Imperial Credits a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 52,895 Imperial Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crossword puzzles have been co-opted as a symbol of racial discrimination, if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it... Zakuvian satellites can detect it, grocery stores can be audibly identified by the giggling emerging from them, and running away is an essential part of the elite forces' hand-to-hand training. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zakuvia's national animal is the Hawk, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Utilism.

Zakuvia is ranked 162,682nd in the world and 300th in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 16.78 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Healthiest Citizens: 530thBest Weather: 649thSafest: 898thLowest Crime Rates: 1,219thMost Pacifist: 1,605thTop
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Least Corrupt Governments: 1,787thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,882ndNicest Citizens: 2,022ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,074thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,093rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,300thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,661stHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,605thSmartest Citizens: 4,801stLargest Governments: 6,227thMost Inclusive: 6,456thMost Secular: 8,539thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 9,752ndLargest Populations: 10,553rdMost Income Equality: 11,665thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,900thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,782ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,773rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,784th
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Healthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionSafest: 10th in the regionMost Pacifist: 17th in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 18th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 21st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 23rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 24th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 25th in the regionNicest Citizens: 26th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 28th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 30th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 33rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 34th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 35th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zakuvia, running away is an essential part of the elite forces' hand-to-hand training.
  • : Following new legislation in Zakuvia, grocery stores can be audibly identified by the giggling emerging from them.
  • : Following new legislation in Zakuvia, if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it... Zakuvian satellites can detect it.
  • : Following new legislation in Zakuvia, crossword puzzles have been co-opted as a symbol of racial discrimination.
  • : Following new legislation in Zakuvia, the combined alert sound of a nation simultaneously receiving a text message is a common cause of hearing damage.
  • : Zakuvia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Zakuvia, captains must wait until all rats are safe before jumping ship.
  • : Following new legislation in Zakuvia, the new national campaign exhorts men to "Show Some Class - Don't Sit On Your Ass".
  • : Following new legislation in Zakuvia, sleep-deprived officials are known to collapse after late night revision for their examinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Zakuvia, environmentalists have found an unusual ally in soldiers of fortune.

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