by Max Barry

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Largest Publishing Industry: 234th Smartest Citizens: 622nd Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 650th
The University of
New York Times Democracy
Sic Itur Ad Astra
the Council of Deans
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population15.167 billion

Leaderthe Council of Deans

CurrencyStar Dust
Animalflying penguin

The University of Zeyad is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by the Council of Deans with a fair hand, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, keen interest in outer space, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 15.167 billion Students enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized government is primarily concerned with Education, although Environment, Industry, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Averl-Ala. The average income tax rate is 83.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Scholar economy, worth a remarkable 3,815 trillion Star Dusts 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 led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 251,573 Star Dusts, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

People believe that if you teach a man to fish he won't buy fish from you any more, no one is quite sure what many government officials look like, citizens no longer take selfies with their dead relatives at funerals, and military equipment stores have a tendency to go up in flames. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zeyad's national animal is the flying penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Zoroastrianism.

Zeyad is ranked 1,771st in the world and 37th in Osiris for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 504.07 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Largest Publishing Industry: 234thSmartest Citizens: 622ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 650thHealthiest Citizens: 747thMost Cultured: 752ndMost Developed: 856thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 990thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,094thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,273rdMost Pacifist: 1,417thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,505thLowest Crime Rates: 1,638thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,645thMost Efficient Economies: 1,646thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,672ndTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,771stHighest Economic Output: 1,831stHighest Average Incomes: 2,372ndBest Weather: 2,897thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,938thSafest: 3,165thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,462ndLargest Governments: 3,626thMost Inclusive: 3,779thMost Devout: 4,791stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,852ndLargest Populations: 6,884thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 11,892ndMost Subsidized Industry: 12,252ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,726thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,088thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,247thNudest: 14,662ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14,932ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,054thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,321stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16,395th
Largest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Developed: 16th in the regionMost Cultured: 17th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 25th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 26th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 28th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 31st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 37th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 43rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 48th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 49th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 61st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 62nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 77th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 78th in the regionMost Inclusive: 79th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 83rd in the regionBest Weather: 97th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 98th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 101st in the regionSafest: 131st in the regionLargest Governments: 144th in the regionLargest Populations: 174th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 251st in the regionMost Devout: 252nd in the regionTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 515th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zeyad, military equipment stores have a tendency to go up in flames.
  • : Following new legislation in Zeyad, citizens no longer take selfies with their dead relatives at funerals.
  • : Following new legislation in Zeyad, no one is quite sure what many government officials look like.
  • : Zeyad applied to join the World Assembly.
  • : Zeyad was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : Following new legislation in Zeyad, people believe that if you teach a man to fish he won't buy fish from you any more.
  • : Following new legislation in Zeyad, a suspicious number of male students have joined the Ladies' Wrestling League.
  • : Following new legislation in Zeyad, international collectors know that a grease-stain on a work of art probably means it's passed through Zeyad.
  • : Zeyad was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Dead.
  • : Following new legislation in Zeyad, political talk shows often have children as guests whenever they need commentary on world religions.


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