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Most Influential: 2,802ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,159thMost Pacifist: 4,878th
The Republic of
Democratic Socialists
United by cats, we welcome all in rising
Influence
Page
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Zataras

Population2.163 billion

CapitalCatalonia

Currencydollar
AnimalCat

The Republic of Zataras is a massive, efficient nation, notable for its daily referendums, compulsory military service, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.163 billion Zatarasians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Catalonia. The average income tax rate is 91.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Zatarasian economy, worth 190 trillion dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Cheese Exports, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is 87,974 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Blue sky thinkers are reminded that the firmament is actually more of a grey-ish colour, a government program is underway to revitalize Zataras's beaches, there's an aura of pseudoscience around academia, and the government seeks peaceful forum with terrorists. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zataras's national animal is the Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Zataras is ranked 241,206th in the world and 9,713th in the South Pacific for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -14 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

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Most Influential: 2,802ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,159thMost Pacifist: 4,878thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,887thNicest Citizens: 5,315thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,409thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,795thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,875thBest Weather: 5,934thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,488thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,305thMost Inclusive: 7,842ndSafest: 7,959thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,194thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,422ndLongest Average Lifespans: 8,663rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,841stHighest Food Quality: 8,982ndHealthiest Citizens: 9,923rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,219thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,580thMost Developed: 10,640thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,649thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,860thMost Cultured: 12,585thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 13,339thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,527thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,495thSmartest Citizens: 16,307thLargest Governments: 16,791stMost Income Equality: 17,896thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,883rd
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 112th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 164th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 164th in the regionMost Pacifist: 172nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 174th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 181st in the regionNicest Citizens: 183rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 191st in the regionBest Weather: 197th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 222nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 226th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 247th in the regionMost Inclusive: 268th in the regionSafest: 274th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 277th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 286th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 290th in the regionMost Influential: 291st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 308th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 313th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 313th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 328th in the regionMost Developed: 339th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 344th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 347th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 370th in the regionMost Cultured: 385th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 449th in the regionLargest Governments: 466th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 504th in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 575th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 640th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 712th in the regionMost Income Equality: 824th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 872nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zataras, the government seeks peaceful forum with terrorists.
  • : Following new legislation in Zataras, there's an aura of pseudoscience around academia.
  • : Following new legislation in Zataras, a government program is underway to revitalize Zataras's beaches.
  • : Zataras's influence in The South Pacific rose from "Zero" to "Page".
  • : Following new legislation in Zataras, blue sky thinkers are reminded that the firmament is actually more of a grey-ish colour.
  • : Following new legislation in Zataras, teams of painters are converting road signs from horse lengths to kilometers.
  • : Zataras relocated from Osiris to The South Pacific.
  • : Following new legislation in Zataras, foreign leaders are advising that Leader's letters must have gotten lost in the mail.
  • : Following new legislation in Zataras, would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here".
  • : Following new legislation in Zataras, treason is relative.

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