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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 60thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 67thHighest Poor Incomes: 89th
The United Socialist States of
Psychotic Dictatorship
A Victorious People, the Glorious Might of Zaratov!
Supreme Kommissar Sovyetskaga-Soyuza
Influence
Vassal
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Zaratov

Population10.73 billion

CapitalDerzhost
LeaderSupreme Kommissar Sovyetskaga-Soyuza
FaithState Atheism

CurrencyRuble
AnimalGreat Gray Owl

The United Socialist States of Zaratov is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Supreme Kommissar Sovyetskaga-Soyuza with an iron fist, and notable for its state-planned economy, compulsory vegetarianism, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 10.73 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 dominated by the Department of Defense, although Education and Law & Order 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 income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Zaratovian economy, worth a remarkable 5,238 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, and Beef-Based Agriculture. 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 488,244 Rubles, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Maxtopians are both starving and giddy after the Zaratovian military unleashed its biological weapons, children who believe in the tooth fairy are frequently shipped off to Bigtopia, 90% of active duty ZAF personnel have been laid off and replaced by robot kill-drones, and residents of houses built on a foundation of wishful thinking are prone to an odd sinking feeling. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded 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 31,272nd in the world and 24th in The Leftist Assembly for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 4,654.14 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 60thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 67thHighest Poor Incomes: 89thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 105thMost Patriotic: 126thLargest Agricultural Sector: 272ndLargest Black Market: 322ndHighest Average Incomes: 431stMost Secular: 490thMost Corrupt Governments: 580thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 886thLowest Crime Rates: 1,040thLargest Governments: 1,047thMost Developed: 1,065thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,119thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,204thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,277thMost Influential: 1,642ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,845thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,982ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,166thBest Weather: 2,386thHighest Economic Output: 2,408thHealthiest Citizens: 2,408thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,546thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,704thTop
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Most Authoritarian: 3,328thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,576thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,813thSmartest Citizens: 3,908thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,946thLargest Mining Sector: 4,710thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,048thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,151stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 6,284thMost Efficient Economies: 6,565thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,884thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,201stMost Income Equality: 10,373rdMost Conservative: 10,477thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 15,846thMost Extreme: 25,166th
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Highest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 6th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 8th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 9th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 10th in the regionMost Extreme: 10th in the regionMost Conservative: 11th in the regionMost Developed: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 14th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 14th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 17th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 21st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 24th in the regionBest Weather: 26th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 26th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 26th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 27th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 28th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 29th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 32nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 33rd in the regionMost Influential: 33rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 38th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 38th in the regionLargest Populations: 42nd in the regionMost Stationary: 44th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zaratov, residents of houses built on a foundation of wishful thinking are prone to an odd sinking feeling.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaratov, 90% of active duty ZAF personnel have been laid off and replaced by robot kill-drones.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaratov, children who believe in the tooth fairy are frequently shipped off to Bigtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaratov, Maxtopians are both starving and giddy after the Zaratovian military unleashed its biological weapons.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaratov, it is mandatory for actors to exit stage left.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaratov, the Counter-Terrorism Unit has been nicknamed "Big Bad Wolf" for its tendency towards urban demolition.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaratov, soldiers are taught to throw their guns at their enemies once the bullets have run out.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaratov, the nation's soldiers sleep four to a bed in order to use space economically.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaratov, Zaratovians are unrivalled in obstacle courses.
  • : Zaratov was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.

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