by Max Barry

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,382nd
The Allied States of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
When others fall, we alone will stand stronger.
Chairman Seidr
Influence
Handshaker
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Some

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Zelmar

Population1.632 billion

CapitalThriskar Island
LeaderChairman Seidr
FaithCatholicism

Currencyscale
AnimalWyrm

The Allied States of Zelmar is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Chairman Seidr with an even hand, and notable for its public floggings, compulsory military service, and state-planned economy. The quiet, industrious population of 1.632 billion Zelmarians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Thriskar Island. The average income tax rate is 23.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Zelmarian economy, worth 108 trillion scales a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 66,277 scales, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

The regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb, commuters are denied boarding for attempting to bring packed lunches onto trains, weird or unusual crimes merit cruel and unusual punishments, and there's no cure or sympathy for the common cold. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zelmar's national animal is the Wyrm, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Zelmar is ranked 156,236th in the world and 9th in Union of the Kind Ones for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -7.87 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,382nd
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Largest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zelmar, there's no cure or sympathy for the common cold.
  • : Following new legislation in Zelmar, weird or unusual crimes merit cruel and unusual punishments.
  • : Zelmar's influence in Union of the Kind Ones rose from "Truckler" to "Handshaker".
  • : Following new legislation in Zelmar, commuters are denied boarding for attempting to bring packed lunches onto trains.
  • : Zelmar was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Zelmar, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb.
  • : Zelmar's influence in Union of the Kind Ones rose from "Vassal" to "Truckler".
  • : Zelmar lodged a message on the Union of the Kind Ones Regional Message Board.
  • : Zelmar lodged a message on the Union of the Kind Ones Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Zelmar, election ballot papers are so long that unused ones are recycled as toilet roll.

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