by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Public Education: 371stMost Rebellious Youth: 659thMost Advanced Public Transport: 803rd
The Obsidian Knight of
Left-wing Utopia
Speak little, but do much
Outside World Manager
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population20.141 billion



The Obsidian Knight of Zeorus is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Shammai with a fair hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, state-planned economy, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 20.141 billion Zeorusians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — is primarily concerned with Education, although Spirituality, Welfare, and Public Transport are also considered important, while Law & Order and Defense receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pardes. The average income tax rate is 91.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Zeorusian economy, worth a remarkable 1,866 trillion Equiliants a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. Average income is 92,657 Equiliants, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The tools of the trade for landmine clearance appear to be copious amounts of gasoline and a box of matches, an aboriginal talking stick is used for leaders' debates at election time, the new foreign policy is "why bother invading neighbours when they can be bought wholesale?", and power stations shutting down at night has made bedtime reading tricky. Crime is totally unknown. Zeorus's national animal is the bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Zeorus is ranked 31,231st in the world and 23rd in The Brotherhood of Malice for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 96.99 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Most Advanced Public Education: 371stMost Rebellious Youth: 659thMost Advanced Public Transport: 803rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 924thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,298thNicest Citizens: 1,451stMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,558thMost Devout: 1,630thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,785thMost Pacifist: 1,948thMost Cultured: 2,167thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,423rdTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 4,471stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,390thHighest Food Quality: 5,415thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,541stHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,132ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,330thSmartest Citizens: 8,366thHealthiest Citizens: 8,535thMost Developed: 8,762ndHighest Economic Output: 10,363rdLargest Populations: 10,549thBest Weather: 11,191stLongest Average Lifespans: 12,218thTop
Largest Governments: 14,533rdSafest: 16,535thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,943rdHighest Poor Incomes: 19,915thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21,077thMost Inclusive: 22,010thHighest Drug Use: 24,074th
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionSafest: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 8th in the regionMost Stationary: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 9th in the regionMost Inclusive: 9th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionLargest Governments: 10th in the regionNudest: 13th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13th in the region

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