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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,132nd Most Influential: 4,881st Most Rebellious Youth: 6,185th
The United States of
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Zess

Population433 million

CapitalThe Capital District

Currencyexchange ticket
Animalneko

The United States of Zess is a huge, cultured nation, notable for its punitive income tax rates, restrictive gun laws, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 433 million Zessians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Capital District. The average income tax rate is 66.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Zessian economy, worth 33.5 trillion exchange tickets a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 77,425 exchange tickets, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government recently donated a surfboard to an impoverished family in a landlocked region, an underground movement of cigarette smokers has sprung up in response to a government ban, members of majority races are forced out of their homes to make way for Bigtopians, and retiring citizens are dragged away in the middle of the night by mysterious men in black suits. Crime is totally unknown. Zess's national animal is the neko, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Zess is ranked 121,063rd in the world and 4,781st in the South Pacific for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring -1.1 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,132ndMost Influential: 4,881stMost Rebellious Youth: 6,185thMost Pacifist: 7,009thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,749thTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 8,839thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,382ndNicest Citizens: 9,742ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,990thSafest: 10,557thMost Inclusive: 11,187thMost Secular: 11,948thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,369thHealthiest Citizens: 12,411thMost Income Equality: 12,561stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,123rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,529thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,923rd
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Most Rebellious Youth: 140th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 205th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 228th in the regionMost Pacifist: 252nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 254th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 313th in the regionTop
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Nicest Citizens: 338th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 347th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 383rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 389th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 390th in the regionSafest: 393rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 400th in the regionMost Influential: 402nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 410th in the regionMost Secular: 418th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 476th in the regionBest Weather: 533rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 548th in the regionMost Income Equality: 557th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 558th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 639th in the region

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