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Most Valuable International Artwork: 385thLargest Black Market: 4,328thLargest Populations: 6,369th
The Bloodthirsty Bodhisattva of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Open thy Eye
Saulot
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Some

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Zaolat

Population23.661 billion

CapitalEnoch
LeaderSaulot
FaithGolconda

CurrencyValeran
AnimalUnicorn

The Bloodthirsty Bodhisattva of Zaolat is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Saulot with an even hand, and notable for its disturbing lack of elderly people, vat-grown people, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The compassionate, devout population of 23.661 billion Salubri have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Industry, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Enoch. The average income tax rate is 71.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Salubri economy, worth a remarkable 1,845 trillion Valerans a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Cheese Exports, Arms Manufacturing, and Trout Farming. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 77,991 Valerans, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

No animal is considered endangered if there's another that looks kind of like it, prodigal children celebrate as charitable bequests plummet, on graduation day the hats thrown in the air fly high enough to stun passing pigeons, and cheap textbooks have replaced coasters at college ragers. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zaolat's national animal is the Unicorn, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Golconda.

Zaolat is ranked 37,134th in the world and 1,895th in Osiris for Smartest Citizens, with 43.26 quips per hour.

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Largest Black Market: 4,328thLargest Populations: 6,369thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,968thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,298thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,342ndHighest Economic Output: 10,707thBest Weather: 10,758thMost Devout: 11,426thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,540thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,426thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 14,594thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,497thMost Advanced Public Transport: 18,920thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22,281stLargest Information Technology Sector: 23,311thMost Advanced Public Education: 24,066th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 8th in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 148th in the regionLargest Black Market: 206th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 332nd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 381st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 399th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 406th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 494th in the regionMost Devout: 501st in the regionBest Weather: 514th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 554th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 582nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 589th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zaolat, cheap textbooks have replaced coasters at college ragers.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaolat, on graduation day the hats thrown in the air fly high enough to stun passing pigeons.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaolat, prodigal children celebrate as charitable bequests plummet.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaolat, no animal is considered endangered if there's another that looks kind of like it.
  • : Zaolat was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Zaolat, the airship business has been driven out of the country by strict regulations and high fines.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaolat, the Enoch Women's Prison Choir now has a baritone section.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaolat, the nation's youth would rather watch paint dry than the news.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaolat, internet searches for the inventor of the three-wheeled steam-powered Salubri weed picker are way up.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaolat, armed police are cracking down on untaxed collectable-card-trading in local junior schools.

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