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Most Income Equality: 111thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,744thBest Weather: 7,704th
The Grand Duchy of
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Zapato

Population16.474 billion

CurrencyZ-pesos
Animalzombie

The Grand Duchy of Zapato is a gargantuan, safe nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service, absence of drug laws, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 16.474 billion Zapatoans love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — prioritizes Environment, although Welfare, Defense, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Public Transport and International Aid receive no funds. The average income tax rate is 80.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but sluggish Zapatoan economy, worth 235 trillion Z-pesos a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with major contributions from Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 14,282 Z-pesos, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes and same-sex marriages are increasingly common. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zapato's national animal is the zombie, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Zapato is ranked 48,941st in the world and 289th in Europeia for Most Politically Free, scoring 74 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Most Income Equality: 111thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 6,744thBest Weather: 7,704thTop
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Largest Populations: 10,425thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,921stMost Stationary: 11,976thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,588thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,950thLargest Black Market: 17,073rd
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Most Income Equality: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 44th in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 59th in the regionLargest Black Market: 77th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 79th in the regionBest Weather: 101st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Zapato was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Zapato altered its national flag.
  • : Zapato was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Zapato was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Zapato was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Zapato was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations and the Top 10% for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Zapato was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Zapato was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Zapato was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Dead and the Top 10% for Most Zombified.
  • : Zapato was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Zombies.

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