by Max Barry

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Most Secular: 191st Largest Cheese Export Sector: 493rd Smartest Citizens: 511th
The Technocracy of
Democratic Socialists
The Best is Yet to Come
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom
Very Good

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population17.46 billion


AnimalSandworm of Dune

The Technocracy of Zarax is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Zarax with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, otherworldly petting zoo, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 17.46 billion Zaraxians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized government prioritizes Education, with Healthcare, Environment, and Public Transport also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense aren't funded at all. The average income tax rate is 97.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Zaraxian economy, worth a remarkable 4,624 trillion Assets a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 264,885 Assets, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Stuttering trypanophobes are doomed never to marry, rebuilding efforts for a recently destroyed cathedral aren't expected to be completed for another century, the 'kind of scrawny' 500 meter hurdle is a popular event, and the nation's forests are full of treasure hunters in military-grade survival gear. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zarax's national animal is the Sandworm of Dune, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Zarax is ranked 700th in the world and 20th in Balder for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 985.01 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most Secular: 191stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 493rdSmartest Citizens: 511thLargest Information Technology Sector: 568thMost Scientifically Advanced: 700thSafest: 703rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 876thMost Pacifist: 965thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,015thHealthiest Citizens: 1,133rdLowest Crime Rates: 1,280thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,347thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,374thMost Inclusive: 1,444thLargest Governments: 1,461stMost Cultured: 1,473rdTop
Highest Economic Output: 1,722ndHighest Poor Incomes: 1,885thMost Developed: 1,998thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,103rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,131stHighest Average Incomes: 2,443rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,639thMost Efficient Economies: 2,912thMost Stationary: 3,706thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,005thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,918thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,201stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,147thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,246thLargest Populations: 7,146thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,152ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,230thLargest Retail Industry: 7,490thMost Influential: 7,538thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 8,824thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,900thRudest Citizens: 12,979thNudest: 13,882nd
Most Secular: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 13th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 20th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 20th in the regionMost Stationary: 20th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 27th in the regionSafest: 27th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 31st in the regionMost Pacifist: 32nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 35th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 37th in the regionMost Influential: 39th in the regionMost Inclusive: 41st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 44th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 51st in the regionMost Cultured: 53rd in the regionLargest Governments: 54th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 59th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 64th in the regionMost Developed: 66th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 75th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 94th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 98th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 105th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 128th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 142nd in the regionLargest Populations: 189th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 190th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 203rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 310th in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 379th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 386th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 406th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 438th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 488th in the regionRudest Citizens: 496th in the regionNudest: 627th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 629th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 655th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, the nation's forests are full of treasure hunters in military-grade survival gear.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, the 'kind of scrawny' 500 meter hurdle is a popular event.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, rebuilding efforts for a recently destroyed cathedral aren't expected to be completed for another century.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, stuttering trypanophobes are doomed never to marry.
  • : Zarax was endorsed by The Spooky Minister of Zunden.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, Little League matches are often attended by riot police with water cannon... just in case.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, the news is showing footage of Zarax bullying an old man to the point of tears.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, tourists call Zaraxian beach towns "the fine coastline".
  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, the canal flows through the land like a twisty turny thing.
  • : Zarax was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "Democratic Socialists".


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