by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 717th Most Influential: 1,176th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,622nd
The Empire of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Ich bin gott
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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The Empire of Zerocs is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Vassili Simo with an iron fist, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, prohibition of alcohol, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 2.567 billion Zerocsians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Datlof. The average income tax rate is 93.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Zerocsian economy, worth 322 trillion Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Basket Weaving. Average income is an impressive 125,634 Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

The decommissioned tank divisions of other nations are being bought up en masse by Zerocs, politicians stage photo ops featuring barely functional fighter jets, there's never enough space in space, and state dairy cow's milk is a shear-thickening fluid that can stop small caliber bullets. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zerocs's national animal is the Elephant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Zerocs is ranked 143,406th in the world and 7,175th in The North Pacific for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -14.76 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 717thMost Influential: 1,176thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,622ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,143rdMost Subsidized Industry: 4,511thMost Pacifist: 4,740thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,220thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,231stLowest Crime Rates: 5,303rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,488thMost Developed: 5,551stHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,691stLargest Welfare Programs: 6,029thLargest Governments: 6,960thMost Efficient Economies: 7,075thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,116thMost Inclusive: 7,426thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,614thTop
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Most Cultured: 7,902ndLongest Average Lifespans: 8,706thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,862ndMost Beautiful Environments: 8,998thSafest: 9,329thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,699thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10,901stSmartest Citizens: 11,007thMost Secular: 11,608thNicest Citizens: 13,068thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,094th
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 140th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 154th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 167th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 171st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 223rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 225th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 227th in the regionMost Pacifist: 230th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 237th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 252nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 270th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 276th in the regionMost Developed: 278th in the regionLargest Governments: 279th in the regionMost Cultured: 344th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 360th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 405th in the regionMost Inclusive: 420th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 431st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 435th in the regionSafest: 438th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 441st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 484th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 489th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 505th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 520th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 605th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 618th in the regionMost Stationary: 631st in the regionMost Secular: 646th in the regionNicest Citizens: 709th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 747th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 759th in the region

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