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Zarbik

Population2.853 billion

CapitalVik Noviora
LeaderNoval

CurrencyAtzz
AnimalBeaver

The State of Zarbik is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Noval with an iron fist, and remarkable for its enslaved workforce, otherworldly petting zoo, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.853 billion Zarbikians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vik Noviora. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 87.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Zarbikian economy, worth 978 trillion Atzzes a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 342,848 Atzzes, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,359,731 per year while the poor average 17,739, a ratio of 133 to 1.

Homeowners on prime real estate have been seen dodging giant bulldozers with cartoon characters painted on them, strip mining of rare earth metals is up while back problems are down, big game hunters travel to Zarbik to try their hand at shark-shooting, and people accuse the government of being in bed with Big Safety. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Zarbik's national animal is the Beaver, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Zarbik is ranked 1,490th in the world and 2nd in Just relax for Most Armed, with 17.82 weapons per person.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 357thMost Subsidized Industry: 600thMost Valuable International Artwork: 648thLargest Information Technology Sector: 688thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 946thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,065thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,355thHighest Average Incomes: 1,443rdMost Armed: 1,490thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,553rdMost Efficient Economies: 1,688thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,032ndRudest Citizens: 2,384thTop
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Largest Black Market: 2,510thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,803rdMost Secular: 2,829thMost Avoided: 2,947thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,083rdMost Advanced Public Education: 3,524thSmartest Citizens: 4,030thLargest Retail Industry: 4,302ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,741stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,753rdLargest Governments: 5,909thMost Patriotic: 6,013thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,438thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7,119thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,264thMost Cultured: 8,598thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,619thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,735thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,285thLargest Insurance Industry: 10,845thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,957thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 12,438thMost Developed: 16,734thLargest Mining Sector: 17,117thHighest Economic Output: 19,902ndLargest Gambling Industry: 20,445th
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the region

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