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Most Advanced Public Education: 246thMost Advanced Public Transport: 463rdMost Rebellious Youth: 912th
The Ancient Republic of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Say little and do much
Influence
Handshaker
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Zeorus

Population23.693 billion

CapitalPardes
LeaderNasi Reuel
Faiththe cult of the Overseer

Currencyefah
Animalbear

The Ancient Republic of Zeorus is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Nasi Reuel with an even hand, and renowned for its ban on automobiles, hatred of cheese, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cheerful, devout population of 23.693 billion Zeorusians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal, socially-minded morass — is dominated by the Department of Education, with Welfare, Environment, and Public Transport also on the agenda, while Law & Order and Defense aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pardes. The average income tax rate is 91.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Zeorusian economy, worth a remarkable 2,221 trillion efahs 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 93,781 efahs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Doctors ask for written consent before making eye contact with patients, a paperwork error has naval privateers being directed to attack land-locked nations, autocrats are persona non grata, and billions of efahs are being poured into a space program. Crime is totally unknown. Zeorus's national animal is the bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is the cult of the Overseer.

Zeorus is ranked 277,590th in the world and 234th in The Brotherhood of Malice for Most Pro-Market, scoring -84 on the Rand Index.

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Most Advanced Public Education: 246thMost Advanced Public Transport: 463rdMost Rebellious Youth: 912thHighest Drug Use: 920thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,437thNicest Citizens: 1,439thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,532ndLargest Welfare Programs: 1,546thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,767thMost Devout: 1,774thMost Pacifist: 1,990thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,156thMost Cultured: 2,397thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,784thHighest Food Quality: 4,698thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,890thMost Developed: 5,038thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,218thSmartest Citizens: 7,827thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,912thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,869thBest Weather: 9,476thHealthiest Citizens: 9,694thLargest Populations: 9,898thMost Inclusive: 10,464thHighest Economic Output: 10,547thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,749thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 15,056thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,753rdNudest: 17,884thLargest Governments: 17,999thMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,052ndMost Income Equality: 19,672ndHighest Poor Incomes: 23,636thSafest: 28,044th
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Inclusive: 9th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 11th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 14th in the regionNudest: 17th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22nd in the regionLargest Governments: 23rd in the regionSafest: 24th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 25th in the regionMost Income Equality: 25th in the regionMost Stationary: 26th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Zeorus lodged a message on the The Brotherhood of Malice Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Zeorus, billions of efahs are being poured into a space program.
  • : Following new legislation in Zeorus, autocrats are persona non grata.
  • : Following new legislation in Zeorus, a paperwork error has naval privateers being directed to attack land-locked nations.
  • : Following new legislation in Zeorus, doctors ask for written consent before making eye contact with patients.
  • : Following new legislation in Zeorus, foreign musicians that Nasi Reuel dislikes are turned away at the border.
  • : Following new legislation in Zeorus, the weather in Pardes is always 'pigeons with a chance of droppings'.
  • : Following new legislation in Zeorus, international terrorists often get their weapons supply in Zeorus.
  • : Following new legislation in Zeorus, people who have never eaten chicken are told it tastes a bit like crocodile.
  • : Following new legislation in Zeorus, it is rumoured that Nasi Reuel uses a magic 8-ball to make policy decisions.

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