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Most Primitive: 662ndMost Devout: 2,962ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 3,312th
The Blessed Oasis of
Mother Knows Best State
The debts made to one's Mother are never paid
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Few

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Zarzura

Population1.301 billion

CapitalZarzura
LeaderMother Udina Seniberos
FaithLuranism

Currencysilar
Animalsnake

The Blessed Oasis of Zarzura is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Mother Udina Seniberos with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ban on automobiles, complete lack of public education, and absence of drug laws. The cynical, devout population of 1.301 billion Suri are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zarzura. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 22.2%.

The powerhouse Zarzuran economy, worth 99.5 trillion silars a year, is led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Gambling. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 76,503 silars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 218,100 per year while the poor average 21,398, a ratio of 10.2 to 1.

Police officers ride the swiftest snakes, college-level writing classes are taught by undergraduate editors of the school newspaper, incarcerated crime lords manage their empires from massage tables, and organ donation rates have hit a new low. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a well-funded police force. Zarzura's national animal is the snake, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Luranism.

Zarzura is ranked 662nd in the world and 32nd in Lazarus for Most Primitive, scoring 275.25 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Most Primitive: 662ndTop
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Most Devout: 2,962ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 3,312thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,621stLargest Mining Sector: 4,848thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,576thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 13,848thLargest Gambling Industry: 17,366thMost Corrupt Governments: 20,873rdMost Cultured: 21,093rdHighest Drug Use: 22,678thMost Advanced Public Transport: 23,427th
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Most Primitive: 32nd in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 151st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 156th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 191st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 237th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 254th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 395th in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 708th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 718th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zarzura, organ donation rates have hit a new low.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarzura, incarcerated crime lords manage their empires from massage tables.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarzura, college-level writing classes are taught by undergraduate editors of the school newspaper.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarzura, police officers ride the swiftest snakes.
  • : Zarzura was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarzura, the 'sing-a-long with Mother Udina Seniberos' album is a popular souvenir.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarzura, burial ceremonies have become as routinised as tax forms.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarzura, the nation's arms dealers guarantee discretion and untraceable transactions.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarzura, the government is under the thumb of countless special interests.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarzura, scholars are leaving the country at an alarming rate.

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