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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 159thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 171stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 239th
The United Socialist States of
Psychotic Dictatorship
A Victorious People, the Glorious Might of Zaratov!
Influence
Page
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Zaratov

Population7.809 billion

CapitalDerzhost
LeaderSupreme Kommissar SovyÚtskaga-Soyuza
FaithState Atheism

CurrencyRuble
AnimalGreat Gray Owl

The United Socialist States of Zaratov is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Supreme Kommissar SovyÚtskaga-Soyuza with an iron fist, and renowned for its public floggings, keen interest in outer space, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 7.809 billion Zaratovians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education, Law & Order, and Environment are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Derzhost. The average income tax rate is 98.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Zaratovian economy, worth a remarkable 3,182 trillion Rubles a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Trout Farming. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 407,598 Rubles, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Zaratovian watches are often the only thing to survive a disaster intact, Renaissance frescos are being chiselled off public walls, the nation is committed to nuclear rearmament, and the armed forces are locked in an expensive and bloody war abroad to stamp out possible terrorists. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zaratov's national animal is the Great Gray Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is State Atheism.

Zaratov is ranked 4,385th in the world and 14th in The Leftist Assembly for Highest Economic Output, with 3,182 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 159thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 171stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 239thHighest Poor Incomes: 276thLargest Black Market: 480thLargest Agricultural Sector: 546thMost Secular: 671stHighest Average Incomes: 716thMost Corrupt Governments: 874thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,417thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,518thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,522ndLowest Crime Rates: 1,582ndLargest Governments: 1,641stHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,703rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,807thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,883rdMost Developed: 2,098thBest Weather: 2,100thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,401stTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 2,744thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,289thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3,373rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,438thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,562ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,727thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,363rdHighest Economic Output: 4,385thSmartest Citizens: 4,778thMost Authoritarian: 5,008thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,334thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,822ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,391stMost Influential: 6,452ndLargest Mining Sector: 6,693rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,533rdMost Conservative: 8,969thMost Efficient Economies: 9,156thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 14,540thLargest Welfare Programs: 17,201stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 19,437thMost Extreme: 20,077thLargest Publishing Industry: 20,435th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Conservative: 5th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionMost Extreme: 8th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 13th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 14th in the regionLargest Governments: 15th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 17th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 18th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 20th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 20th in the regionMost Developed: 21st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 21st in the regionBest Weather: 23rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 24th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 28th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 29th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 29th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 33rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 37th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 38th in the regionLargest Populations: 44th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zaratov, the armed forces are locked in an expensive and bloody war abroad to stamp out possible terrorists.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaratov, the nation is committed to nuclear rearmament.
  • : Zaratov voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Long-Term Storage Of Produced Waste".
  • : Following new legislation in Zaratov, Renaissance frescos are being chiselled off public walls.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaratov, Zaratovian watches are often the only thing to survive a disaster intact.
  • : Zaratov endorsed The United Socialist States of Narodnya.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaratov, school plays were recently banned due to concerns of child endangerment.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaratov, power to the people comes from the barrel of a gun.
  • : Zaratov was endorsed by The United Socialist States of Narodnya.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaratov, the nation has declared war on all passing comets.

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